‘Put Knife Angel on iconic Fourth plinth’, says Oswestry man behind project
The man behind plans to install Shropshire’s Knife Angel sculpture in Trafalgar Square today said he will not back down despite being told it doesn’t meet the criteria.
The Mayor of London’s Office has revealed the 26ft sculpture made of knives will not feature on the iconic plinth despite calls from more than 35,000 people.
British Ironwork Centre boss Clive Knowles said he is “ashamed and embarrassed” that Sadiq Khan will not make an exception for the monument.
The Mayor’s office said the fourth plinth is reserved for contemporary works of art that have been specially commissioned and selected by the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group on behalf of the Mayor of London.
But Mr Knowles said he will continue with a petition to get the sculpture, created in Oswestry, displayed in Trafalgar Square.
The petition, which the Mayor’s office is aware of, has already been signed more than 35,000 times and Mr Knowles believes it will have 50,000 supporters by the end of the year. “We will not stop our efforts until we have seen new laws and initiatives to tackle knife crime,” he added. Without any question they should make an exception for the Knife Angel.
“It is absolutely absurd to say these are the rules we follow when there is a national problem with knife crime.
"The Knife Angel is a national monument against knife crime and aggression. It will inspire people.”
Last week it was revealed Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping, is set to make a bid to bring the sculpture to his city.
Earlier this year the project which saw 100,000 knives taken off the streets of Britain was named joint winner of an international peace prize.
The Knife Angel was jointly awarded the Rotary International Peace Award alongside Médecins Sans Frontières which works to alleviate suffering and protect life in war zones and recently helping refugees crossing the Mediterranean.