Helping to End a National Blight
The Knife Angel’s Next Stop: Coventry
The National Monument against Violence and Aggression, the “Knife Angel”, has now been on its grand UK tour since the end of November 2018. Beginning its journey stood outside of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral over the Christmas holidays, the Angel has since travelled to the Queen’s Gardens in Hull, and is now set to continue its journey onwards to Coventry in March. The Angel is set to be placed on a raised platform right outside of Coventry’s Cathedral Ruins for the Easter period, where it will help to front the Cathedral entryway adjacent to a sculpture of the Angel St Michael, erected in 1958.
(From Left to Right): Ed Ruane, Coventry City Councillor; David Stone, Canon Precentor for Coventry Cathedral; and Andrew Walster, Director of Coventry City Services; Clive Knowles, Chairman of The British Ironwork Centre
Clive, Chairman of The British Ironworks Centre, recently visited the city to further discuss the Angel’s movement and placement there. He met with a collection of important Coventry officials including Ed Ruane, Coventry City Councillor; David Stone, Canon Precentor for Coventry Cathedral; and Andrew Walster, Director of Coventry City Services. Working in tandem with both the Coventry and West Midlands Police Forces, all of these officials have played a big part in enabling the Angel to get to the city. The sculpture is due to be collected from Hull on the 4th of March and brought south to Coventry where a foundation is already being prepared for it.
Appointed the UK City of Culture 2021 and housing two universities within its city walls, Coventry is a truly exceptional place for the Knife Angel to be hosted. In 2018, Coventry statistically saw one of the largest increases in knife-related crime outside of the capital city of London. Coventry Cathedral is situated mere metres away from both Coventry University and the famous Herbert Art museum, making the Angel’s placement incredibly poignant. Essentially, by being placed right on the doorstep of education and tuition, the Angel will have its voice successfully heard by youths, the Coventry community, and city visitors alike. Throughout its stay in Coventry, The Bishop of Coventry, Christopher Cocksworth, will be taking full advantage of the Angel through multiple Easter services dedicated to the lives, families, and communities affected by these horrific acts of knife violence.
This constant movement of the sculpture has been truly monumental in the sense that its intended message of the UK’s intolerance to violent and aggressive behaviours is finally able to be heard all across the country. As more and more cities and cathedrals come forward to host the sculpture, more awareness is raised and the all-important changes needed to end knife crime are that bit closer to coming to fruition.