Alfie Bradley is best known for his Knife Angel sculpture, which is a symbol of the campaign against knife crime and currently part-way through a UK-wide tour. His new work, Trojan, is a statement against another crime - the cyber kind.

The magnificent iron-worked horse is a representation of the Trojan horses that are prevalent in cybercrime, and is a way of disguising malware in order to mislead you as to its intent. The term is inspired by the famous ancient Greek story of the Trojan Horse that led to the fall of the city of Troy. 

The 29-year old sculptor, a talented artist, began his working life as a stone mason.

"I was born in south east London in 1990 but at the age of three moved to rural France, where my parents and two younger brothers still live," he said. 

"After school I spent two years at lycée in central France studying as a tailleur de pierre, a stone carver, and a further year on the borders of Germany at a lycée specialising in sculpture before moving to England in 2013 where I learnt how to weld and work with metal." 

"Cybercrime is a very worrying development and the problem is becoming ever more endemic," he added. 

He unveiled Trojan on a piece of land near to his studio on the edge of Oswestry. 

"I have chosen this dilapidated location as it represent the current decaying internet landscape. Like these battered and damaged buildings, the internet is getting ravaged by Trojan Horses, and cybercrime. We need to stop this problem before the damage becomes irrevocable."

 

Image: Jamie Ricketts