Hey guys! So this week, I visited Hull city centre with my best friend for a cake at cocoa and a shopping spree. Whilst we were there, we decided to walk around to Queens Gardens to see the Knife Angel. The Knife Angel is an incredible 27 feet tall sculpture in the shape of an angel, crafted from over 100,000 knives. It was created at the British Ironworks Centre in Shropshire and the knives from it were donated to the Ironworks, collected through police force surrender campaigns across the country. The Knife Angel was previously hosted outside Liverpool Cathedral and it’s such an honour for it to travel across to Hull for its residents to marvel at. So in today’s post, I’m going to describe the meaning behind this sculpture and grant you with my first impressions of it.
The Knife Angel has such a powerful meaning behind it. It stands against violence and aggression and it’s a memorial for those who have lost their lives to knife crime. Some of the victim’s families have written messages that have been engraved on the wings. I think it’s such an important sculpture that highlights a key issue in society. I can’t say I ever thought much about knife crime before but after seeing the Knife Angel, it’s opened my eyes to what a tragic issue it is and has caused me to consider how the victims of it were affected. In 2018, there were 40,147 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument in England and Wales which was a 16% increase from the previous year. Out of 44 police forces, 38 recorded a rise in knife crime since 2011. Hopefully, the Knife Angel is spreading awareness about the horrors of violence, aggression and knife crime and is educating people about what a tragedy it is for those who lose their lives because of it.
The Knife Angel towered above all the public who were in complete awe of it. Created from over 100,000 different knives, it was amazing to see how all of the knives banded together to craft such a massive structure. I can’t even begin to imagine how long it must’ve taken to construct the sculpture and I truly applaud the artist Alfie Bradley for his incredible work. Spiky, brown knives grant the angel with a full head of hair and gold and silver knives protrude from his sides as stunning wings. In my opinion, the expression on his face is sombre and confused and he holds out his hands questioningly. Maybe he’s inquiring why there are so many knife crimes and cases of aggression and violence in England. Maybe he’s asking for forgiveness since the very material that devises his whole body is the weapon in many of these cases and he feels partly responsible. Or maybe he’s asking for all the knife crimes, violence and aggression to stop. But whatever his intentions are, the Knife Angel is an incredible, unique work of art with a strong, powerful message to spread.
Thank you for reading this post! Why do you think the Knife Angel is holding out his hands? Let me know in the comments! There’ll be another post out soon but until then bye for now!
Amelia Grace a.k.a Amelia in Hull