Statue of BLM protester removed from Edward Colston plinth

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Bristol City council has removed a sculpture of a Black Lives Matter protester that was erected yesterday in the place of slave trader Edward Colston’s toppled statue.

The life-size black resin and steel piece of activist Jen Reid was created by artist Marc Quinn after he saw a photo of her standing on the empty plinth after the Colston statue was torn down in the city centre on June 7.

It was installed shortly before 4.30am yesterday by Mr Quinn’s team without the knowledge or consent of the local authority.

At around 5.20am this morning, council contractors used webbing straps to hoist the 7.5ft high piece – entitled A Surge of Power (Jen Reid) – off the plinth and place it into a skip lorry.

The council tweeted: “This morning we removed the sculpture.

“It will be held at our museum for the artist to collect or donate to our collection.

“Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees issued a statement yesterday about the need for a democratic process where the people of Bristol decide the future of the plinth.”

Following the toppling of the Colston statue, Mr Rees announced that a commission was being set up to tell a “fuller history” of the Bristol.

Any decision on how the plinth should be used would be decided democratically through consultation, he said.

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