Derby was chosen to be one of the few cities across the country to host the National Monument against Violence and Aggression, commonly known as the ‘Knife Angel’. The spectacular 27ft sculpture is made out of 100,000 bladed weapons handed in as part of police surrender schemes across the country.
On Tuesday morning the Angel was carefully put in place outside Derby Cathedral by a team of experts who have given their time and expertise for free.
Rachel Morris, CEO of Derby Cathedral and Chair of the Derby Knife Angel Steering Group, said: “We seem to have been working on this project for a long time and we are now all very excited that the Knife Angel is nearly here.
“The sculpture is designed to be a symbol for the pain, feelings and loss that family and friends of victims of violent crime can experience and to shine a light on the futility of such actions.
“It is a spectacular sight and we hope as many people as possible come and visit and learn how we can all work together to reduce knife and violent crime.
“I want to thank everyone involved in bringing the Knife Angel to Derby, particularly the hundreds of volunteers who have come forward to act as marshals and the local companies who have given up their time and expertise.”
The sculpture was created at the British Ironwork Centre by sculptor Alfie Bradley to highlight the impact violent crime, particularly those involving knives, has on people, families and communities.
Relatives of those killed by knife crime were invited to engrave the blades with names and messages for their loved ones as part of the sculpture.
Already the Angel’s presence has made an impact, with over 3,000 people visiting on the first day.
If you would like experience the Knife Angel, it will be in place next to Derby Cathedral on Irongate, Derby until Wednesday, 30th October, with the best time to visit being between 10am and 8pm, when volunteer marshalls will be in place to explain its significance and talk about how we can all play our part in reducing knife crime.
Derbyshire Constabulary created the following video of its arrival in Derby.
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