A 27ft high ‘Knife Angel’ will go on display outside Liverpool Cathedral to show solidarity with knife crime victims.
The sculpture was designed and created by artist Alfie Bradley at the British Ironworks Centre as a national monument against violence and aggression.
The centre provided knife banks for a nationwide amnesty in 2015-2016, which saw 100,000 knives surrendered and collected.
The ‘Knife Angel’ will be installed outside the city landmark on Thursday 29 November until 31 January 2019.
Ahead of its arrival Dr Sue Jones, Dean of Liverpool, says: “Sadly scarcely a day goes by without hearing another tragic story of knife crime. Through hosting the Knife Angel at Liverpool Cathedral we want to show solidarity with the victims of this crime and make a powerful statement to everyone who comes to visit.
“As people encounter the artwork, we hope this helps them make sense of the issues it raises by coming in, lighting a candle or reflecting in one of our chapels. We will continue to pray for peace in our city and beyond.
“As well as standing alongside all those affected by knife crime we want to urge those who carry knives to recognise the pain they cause themselves and others as we work to a day when we truly see peace in our streets.”
Royal Liverpool Hospital nurse and clinician Rob Jackson, who has spoken to 95,000 young people across the area about the realities of being involved with knife crime, has been instrumental in bringing the artwork to the city.
Having contacted the British Ironworks Centre’s CEO, Clive Knowles to request the sculpture’s visit to Liverpool, he says: “We’re hoping that by bringing the ‘Knife Angel’ to Liverpool Cathedral it opens the debate about knife crime and its impact. It’s not about scaring people but to get them to start talking about its effect on real people – something I witness in my job on a regular basis.
“This is about prevention of knife crime, using the ‘Knife Angel’ so people understand how carrying a knife and the reality of knife crime will not only affect other people, but them personally.”