Bury set to welcome renowned Knife Angel sculpture as its guest

Bury stands up against violence and aggression as Knife Angel sculpture visits town

Bury is making a statement against violence and aggression by welcoming the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression, known as the Knife Angel, to the town this March.

Standing at an impressive 27 feet tall and weighing over 3 tonnes, the Knife Angel is made from more than 100,000 seized knives. Created by artist Alfie Bradley using knives surrendered and collected during nationwide amnesties in 2015/2016, the sculpture aims to raise awareness of the negative impacts of violent behaviour and the need for social change.

Located near the intersection of The Rock and Tithebarn Street from 1 March to 27 March 2024, the Knife Angel will be hosting educational events, workshops, and community activities to educate people on the consequences of knife crime and violent behaviour in communities.

The initiative to bring the Knife Angel to Bury was led by the Bury Business Improvement District (BID) in collaboration with Bury Council and Greater Manchester Police. The town will kick off the arrival of the sculpture with an opening event on 1 March and conclude with a closing ceremony.

Victoria Robinson, Chair of Bury BID, expressed pride in bringing the poignant statue to the town, urging everyone to visit and participate in the supporting activities throughout March. Councillor Richard Gold from Bury Council highlighted the partnership’s commitment to preventing harm and reducing criminality in the borough, ensuring Bury remains a safe place for all residents and visitors.

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