In an effort to raise awareness about the rising rate of knife crime across the UK, artist Alfie Bradley has spent the last few years creating the Knife Angel , a nearly 8-meter high sculpture made of 100,000 knives and confiscated pocket knives. by the police. The Iron Throne imagined by George RR Martin and aired on HBO's TV show Game of Thrones is supposedly made of 1,000 swords delivered by a king's enemies. It's an impressive sight, but it doesn't even come close to the Knife Angel created at the British Iron works Center in Shropshire, England.
For the past two years, artist Alfie Bradley has been literally piecing together the sculpture of 100,000 knives confiscated by 41 police stations across the UK. Clive Knowles, head of the British Iron works Center, told the Guardian that the idea of the Knife Angel was inspired by a television documentary about knife crime in the UK and a desire to raise awareness of the large number of stab weapons in the United Kingdom. streets.
Angel of Knives, It was recently completed and is expected to tour the UK, but the sculpture has been controversial since it was announced over two years ago. While some families of bladed gun victims support the project, including visiting the workshop and engraving messages on the sculpture's wings, others strongly opposed it. Members of a Facebook group called " Say No to the angel of the knife s " expressed their opinions online.
Cheryl Evans, mother of an 18-year-old girl who died of a chest stab in 2004, said she was shocked by the idea of the British Iron works center .
- "An angel is pure, a knife is the devil's creation, it is the death of our young people and those who use it to end innocent lives"she wrote. - "I won't go and I can't support it. Maybe you haven't lost a loved one so you can't see the deep-rooted agony this will cause."
Clive Knowles said they were expecting some criticism, adding that the Angel of Knives was indeed meant to provoke strong reactions.
- "When there's an art project like this, it's supposed to cause shock ," he said. - "The angel's face will be one of dismay, with open arms as if to say, 'Why?' We want to encourage the country to act , "he said.
After visiting the entire United Kingdom, the Angel of Knives could be put on display at Trafalgar Square in London as a tribute to victims of stabbing.