A 27ft sculpture, made out of 100,000 bladed weapons, will be outside Blackburn Cathedral in November – COVID permitting.
The Knife Angel – the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression was made by the British Ironwork Centre from over 100 000 knives which have been seized by the police and taken out of circulation.
It was created as a focus for education and events highlighting both the negative effects of violent behaviour and our critical need for social change.
The Knife Angel has already toured a number of UK towns and cities, making significant impact at grass roots level, but it has not previously been to Lancashire.
While in Blackburn, there will also be amnesty boxes where knives can be safely deposited, a peace vigil and civic reception, in addition to the core educational programme.
The Knife Angel is being brought to Lancashire through is a partnership between the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office, who are funding the associated costs, the Lancashire Violence Reduction Network, and Blackburn Cathedral. The co-operative are encouraging representatives from other educational and community groups to get involved in the planning to reach as many people across Lancashire as possible.