A NATIONAL anti-violence campaign is set to benefit from the Midas touch of one Oswestry firm.
Having recently unveiled their giant spoon gorilla, The British Ironwork Centre has announced its ambitious plans to create a 24-foot Angel Gabrielle made entirely out of knives and weapons.
The Aston-based firm hopes its ‘Save a Life, Surrender a Knife’ campaign will boost knife and weapon amnesties across the UK.
BIC chairman Clive Knowles, (pictured) who is hoping Prince Harry might unveil the finished sculpture, said the idea came from discussions with BBC Midlands Today when they attended the gorilla unveiling last weekend.
He continued: “We needed something to keep the momentum going and Midlands Today suggested the idea of knives and I had heard about the Knife Amnesty in Birmingham where just 17 knives were handed over three months. It seemed a little unambitious, it lacked some energy so we thought we could put our shoulder to the wheel and help.”
The metalwork company plans to travel into cities including Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and London over the coming months and ask those who carry weapons on them to exchange them for a campaign T-shirt.
Mr Knowles continued: “We want to go to all the areas that have high crime levels and gang culture, speak to them about the campaign and how they feel about the issue of weapons.
“We are now looking for help to build the awareness up and are speaking with the relevant groups to help us visit these cities.”
The project is expected to be documented by BBC Midlands Today, while gorilla sculptor Alfie Bradley will once again by charged with creating the dominating structure.
However, a final home for the angel is to be decided.
“It can never stay here, but we want it to be in the public domain,” Mr Knowles added, “We would look for whoever unveils it to potentially help us out with that.
“I can’t wait to see it completed, but we’re going to see it take one step at a time.”