The impressive 27ft sculpture known as the Knife Angel is coming to Telford’s Southwater Square this March, courtesy of West Mercia Police and Telford & Wrekin Council. The sculpture, made from 100,000 knife blades, is touring the country to raise awareness of knife crime in the UK, highlighting the effects of knife crime and the need to educate young people and provide them with alternative activities.
Getting the Knife Angel to Telford represents a huge operation; from transporting the sculpture from its previous location in Gateshead, and safely offloading and securing it in place in Southwater for the month of March. Councillor Richard Overton said, “We’re delighted to be bringing the Knife Angel to Telford and to support its campaign, raise awareness of the effects of knife crime and help the borough play its part in helping to prevent this.”
The Knife Angel will be seen by tens of thousands of people during the month and it is expected to bring many visitors from the surrounding areas to Telford. Over 40 T&W schools have already confirmed they’ll be bringing their pupils to view the Angel and to take part in a workshop, run by theatre company Loudmouth, which highlights the consequences of carrying a knife.
Local businesses are supporting the Knife Angel’s arrival and there are still many opportunities for interested parties. If you’re interested, call 01952 380982 or email Jodie.Lloyd@telford.gov.uk.
Caption: The Knife Angel spent January in Powys