Edward Colston statue replaced by Black Lives Matter protester


The statue of the slave trader Edward Colston was replaced overnight by a figure of a Black Lives Matter protester. Last month, the 18th-century merchant statue was demolished, dragged for a third of a mile, and thrown into the harbor.

Colston’s pedestal remained largely empty for the next few weeks – with the exception of a few hours when a strange Jimmy Saville model appeared, before it was also removed.

But at 5 a.m. this morning (Wednesday July 15), a team of 10 people installed a figure of Jen Reid in place of Colston.

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The Guardian reports that Reid was photographed standing on the base, his fist raised in the air after the Colston statue was knocked down.

The new sculpture, entitled ‘A Surge of Power (Jen Reid) 2020’ by artist Marc Quinn, captures this moment and was placed next to the protester herself this morning.

A sign saying “black lives still count” was also left at the bottom of the base.

Jen Reid poses in front of her statue in black resin and steel

It was also reported that the installation of the new sculpture was not carried out with the authorization of the Bristol city council, which has not yet announced its plans for the empty plinth.

Mayor Marvin Rees previously said that any decision on how the base should be used would be made democratically through consultation.

Artist Marc Quinn told The Guardian, “I always thought it was part of my job to bring the world into art and art into the world.

Colston statue shot down

“Jen created the sculpture when she stood on the pedestal and raised her arm in the air. Now we crystallize it.

“The only thing that could have stopped him would have been some kind of official intervention, but that did not happen. It looks like it has always been there.

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“But he is finally mobile. It is not a permanent work of art. ”

The Colston statue has since been recovered from the bottom of Bristol harbor and is being restored before plans are made to put it in a museum.


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