A 27-foot sculpture made out of 100,000 knives could be placed on the fourth plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square in tribute to victims of knife crime – but London’s worse-than-useless mayor doesn’t want it, as the dramatic piece of art highlights his woeful failure to get a grip on London’s (mainly imported) knife-crime crisis.
The sculpture, named “Knife Angel,” was created in Oswestry, Shropshire, by the British Ironwork Centre. It took two years to build.
The knives were handed in by 41 police forces around the country during amnesties and confiscations.
The campaign, “Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife,” and the statue aims to raise awareness of the growing issue of knife crime throughout the UK.
“The monument was created for one purpose, to highlight this extensive problem. Both government and the educational system need to open their eyes to the epidemic,” the British Ironwork Centre’s website says.
Over 80 families contacted the British Ironwork Centre in the hope their message be included on the sculpture. Messages of love and remembrance feature on the angel’s wings, messages not only from families but also perpetrators who have seen the error of their ways and now fight knife crime and violence in a bid to stop it happening on the streets.
Currently however, Sadiq Khan believes that this amazing piece of artwork will reflect the UK in a “difficult light”, and as such, he doesn’t believe it has a place in London, much less on the Fourth Plinth of Trafalgar Square…
The Ironwork Centre is well worth a visit. Take a look for yourself: https://www.britishironworkcentre.co.uk