The National Monument Against Violence and Aggression, otherwise known as The Knife Angel, continues its National Anti-Violence Tour and is now on display in Central Park in Chelmsford, where it will be throughout September.
The sculpture, designed and created at The British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry, is made from over 100,000 seized knives collected from knife amnesties of all 43 police forces across the country. This iconic sculpture has been touring the country since 2018 and is not only a memorial to commemorate lives lost through violence, but it also aims to spreads awareness and education on anti-violence and anti-aggression wherever it goes.
With The Knife Angel now residing in Chelmsford, The British Ironwork Centre have worked closely with Chelmsford City Council and the youth charity Keep It 100 Essex on the most recent leg of The Knife Angel’s tour. Chelmsford City Council and Keep It 100 Essex are arranging 30 days of intensive workshops around anti-violence, as well as increasing youth and community engagement, to continue the legacy of The Knife Angel.
Chelmsford City Council have also arranged for three knife banks, supplied by The British Ironwork Centre, to be placed in Chelmsford in a bid to get as many knives off the streets as possible.
Through the National Anti-Violence Tour, communities throughout the country have rallied together to help spread the message of anti-violence through theatre productions, workshops and local school visits.
After Chelmsford, the next stop for the Knife Angel will be Chesterfield in Derbyshire, where it will be throughout October.
If you would like to find out more about The Knife Angel and the National Anti-Violence Tour, please visit https://www.britishironworkcentre.co.uk/show-areas/the-knife-angel-official, or contact The British Ironwork Centre.
Photo Credit: Keepit100 Essex