Historic Statue Temporarily Replaced With A Statue of Black Lives Matter Protester
The Edward Colston statue which stood for 125 years, was replaced by Black Lives Matter Protester, Jen Reid.
Following a debate of colonial representations, protesters tore down the slave trader’s statue. Afterwards, British artist Marc Quinn created a sculpture and it was secretly installed in Bristol, England. The artwork shows Reid with her fist raised in the air and is a replica of a picture taken in 2007.
The city’s mayor Marvin Rees says that “the future of the plinth and what is installed on it must be decided by the people of Bristol” so the BLM protesters statue was quickly removed. Although this impromptu display only lasted 25 hours, it is now moved to a museum and represents a revolution.
“This morning we removed the sculpture. It will be held at our museum for the artist to collect or donate to our collection,” Bristol City Council tweeted.
The Colston monument will now be placed in a museum also after it was dragged out of a river by authorities.