This sculpture by Alfie Bradley has been on tour around the country for a couple of years. I first came upon it at it’s home in the British Ironworks Centre, near Shrewsbury, where my son used to work. It contains 100,000 knives, collected as part of a weapons amnesty by police forces. I cried when I first saw it.
The way the face is created just speaks of the pain experienced by those caught up in this epidemic of knife crime; the hands held outwards, crying, ‘Why?’ So much emotion pouring out of this powerful depiction of the Knife Angel.
Here is my reflection in the form of a poem;
Sentinel with sad eyes,
tears and streaks of rust,
Weapons for destruction,
hope in darkness,
the reach of faith and hope
and love. The words of John the Apostle;
‘Whoever hates another, has murdered them already.’
The angel speaks of peace in turmoil,
hands held out in longing and
Faith as small as a mustard seed,
My heart, your heart, new ways
Palms held open,
Faith, Hope and Love….
and the greatest of these