Knife Angel now set to move to Gloucester
Gloucester has become the latest city that will host Shropshire's Knife Angel.
This week city officials met with British Ironwork Centre chairman Clive Knowles, after the city officially requested to receive the Knife Angel after its time in Birmingham.
The sculpture is set to be placed outside Gloucester Cathedral, where it will be used as a point of tuition to help educate the city’s youth about the effects of knife crime on the nation.
Mr Knowles said: "Gloucester city, like many cities in the UK, has recently been subjected to a rise in violent crimes and acts of knife related brutality.
"Ahead of the national curve, Gloucester has seized the opportunity to address violent crime before it gets a greater grip on their city.
"Getting the Angel to Gloucester has seen a unified collaboration between the city council, crime commissioners, and the cathedral itself. These leading bodies all understand the grave importance of raising awareness surrounding the national blight of knife crime and are pulling out all the stops to help take action and make necessary changes."
The National Monument against Violence and Aggression has this week arrived in Coventry, where it is standing outside the city’s Cathedral Ruins.
Following the Easter weekend, the Angel will be making its way to Birmingham, a city currently plagued by knife crime, and will thereafter travel to Gloucester.
Gloucester will be responsible for getting the Angel to its next location once its hosting period is complete. Cities currently showing interest include Leeds, Cleveland and Derby, among many others.
Mr Knowles added: "If you are a city, cathedral, or place of public notoriety and engagement, we need you!
"Step forward to join a national effort and help the National Monument against Violence and Aggression to reach every possible corner of the UK and end the national blight of knife crime and violence."