Statue of slave trader replaced with one of BLM protester

Statue of U.K. A surge of power out to them all,” she said. Getty Images

“It is such a powerful image, of a moment I felt had to be materialized, forever,” Quinn said in a statement. It’s something to feel proud of, to have a sense of belonging, because we actually do belong here and we’re not going anywhere.”
First published on July 15, 2020 / 10:44 AM The new statue of Jen Reid, who helped pull down the statue of 17th-century merchant Edward Colston in June and was photographed in the same pose, was secretly installed by the team of artist Marc Quinn at dawn on Wednesday. 

A cardboard sign saying “Black lives still matter” was placed beneath the work, which the artist titled “A surge of power (Jen Reid) 2020.”The city of Bristol has not yet officially decided what to do with the plinth on which Colston’s statue previously stood, and it was unclear Wednesday how long the new statue might remain in the spot. “It’s about Black children seeing it up there. Police Reform & Racial Justice

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After the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, Black Lives Matter protests erupted in cities across the United Kingdom. It was eventually retrieved, and conservationists say it will be put in a museum with the graffiti from the protest preserved.”Jen and I are not putting this sculpture on the plinth as a permanent solution to what should be there — it’s a spark which we hope will help to bring continued attention to this vital and pressing issue. I wanted to give George Floyd power, I wanted to give power to Black people like me who have suffered injustices and inequality. He said he contacted Reid via social media after he saw the photograph of her about the idea of a sculpture and she agreed to collaborate. We want to keep highlighting the unacceptable problem of institutionalized and systemic racism that everyone has a duty to face up to,” Quinn said.”This sculpture is about making a stand for my mother, for my daughter, for Black people like me,” Reid said. Black Lives Matter protestor Jen Reid poses for a photograph in front of a sculpture of herself, by local artist Marc Quinn, on the plinth where the Edward Colston statue used to stand on July 15, 2020 in Bristol, England. slave trader replaced with one of Black Lives Matter protester

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Black Lives Matter protester statue in U.K. My immediate thoughts were for the enslaved people who died at the hands of Colston and to give them power. “As we learn this fuller history including the part played by black people, women, the working class, trade unions, and children among others, we will be in a better position to understand who we are, how we got here and who we wish to honour.”Quinn and Reid, who collaborated on the work, have said the installation was intended to be temporary.”When I was stood there on the plinth, and raised my arm in a Black Power salute, it was totally spontaneous, I didn’t even think about it,” Reid said in a statement about the work. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox

“We have established a history commission which will help us tell our full city history,” Rees said in a statement. In a statement, Bristol’s mayor, Marvin Rees, said that the installation had been put up without permission. “It was like an electrical charge of power was running through me. Black Lives Matter protester statue in U.K. In Bristol, protesters defaced and then pulled down the statue of the slave trader Colston, which had stood in a central square, dragged it to the harbor and threw it into the river. 00:46

London — The statue of a slave trader that was torn down and thrown into a river last month in Bristol, England, was replaced overnight by a sculpture of a Black Lives Matter protester with a fist raised to the sky.