Statue of Black Lives Matter Protester Is Raised in Place of UK Slave Trader

Statue of Black Lives Matter Protester Is Raised in Place of UK Slave Trader

The statue of slave trader Edward Colston was replaced in Bristol by an artist with a sculpture of Jen Reid.

Artist Marc Quinn said the black resin statue, called A Surge of Power, was meant to be a temporary installation to continue the conversation about racism. He said he was inspired to create it after seeing an image of Ms Reid standing on the plinth with her fist raised during the Black Lives Matter protest.

Marvin Rees, the city’s mayor, issued a statement saying that “the future of the plinth and what is installed on it must be decided by the people of Bristol”. He said the sculpture was “the work and decision of a London-based artist.”

“It was not requested and permission was not given for it to be installed,” he added.

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