The Knife Angel is visiting Gloucestershire for the very first time on its National Anti-Violence Tour, with the opportunity to see it outside Gloucester Cathedral this February 2023.
The iconic anti-violence sculpture will be on display in the Cathedral Green from Wednesday 1 until Tuesday 28 February 2023, bringing a moving symbol of peace to Gloucester that members of the public can visit for free.
Made from over 100,000 confiscated knives, which have been seized by 43 police forces from across the UK, the sculpture is a thought-provoking monument which aims to inspire social change, raising awareness of violence and aggressive behaviour, as well as memorialising those who have lost their lives to knife crime.
A real sight to behold, it's an impressive spectacle which stands at 27 feet tall and weighs well over three tonnes.
Created by sculptor Alfie Bradley in collaboration with the British Ironwork Centre, the Knife Angel has been on its anti-violence tour since its completion in 2018 – with its trip to Gloucester being the first time it's ever visited Gloucestershire.
A number of key local organisations have worked together to make the Knife Angel's visit possible, including Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester City Council, Gloucestershire County Council, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Gloucestershire Constabulary, Gloucester BID, Gloucester City Safe and NHS Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board.
Visitors can also look forward to a programme of events, workshops and activities taking place across the city while it's in town, including an opening ceremony and a concluding community vigil.