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ONE MAIDSTONE: 27-foot-tall Knife Angel to visit Maidstone

Friday 11th March 2022

AT 27 feet tall and made entirely from weapons taken from the nation's streets, the Knife Angel sculpture is a powerful symbol against violence and aggression.

Three years after the senseless machete murder in Maidstone of Andre Bent and amid growing concerns about local crime, the artwork will be appearing in the county town later this year.

It was constructed from 100,000 blades collected from the country's knife banks, disinfected and blunted for inclusion into the creation.

The piece has been on a tour of British towns for four years as part of the National Youth Anti-Violence Educational Programme.

Organised by the One Maidstone business support group, The Knife Angel comes to town on September 5 for a month.

A One Maidstone spokesman said: "It is a huge, stunning piece and we feel sure it will attract a lot of attention and provoke a lot of thought."

St Faith's Church in Station Road has been chosen as the most suitable location for the sculpture to be displayed. Organisers said they had to find somewhere high and robust enough to accommodate the Knife Angel.

The idea was conceived by metalworker Clive Knowles in the Black Country who eventually persuaded the Home Office to let him make it with the agreement of 43 police forces in the UK. They handed over the materials for the sculpture.

A spokesman for the tour said: "The sculpture, made from over 100,000 seized blades, was specifically created to highlight the negative effects of violent behaviour whilst solidifying our critical need for social change.

"Not only does the Knife Angel act as a catalyst for turning the tide on violent and aggressive behaviour, but it is also acts as a beautiful memorial designed to celebrate those lives who have been lost through these violent and thoughtless actions."