Statue of Black protester replaces toppled UK slave dealer

London, July 15

An artist has erected a statue of a Black Lives Matter protester atop the plinth within the English metropolis of Bristol as soon as occupied by the toppled statue of a slave dealer.

Marc Quinn created the likeness of Jen Reid, a protester photographed standing on the plinth after demonstrators pulled down the statue of Edward Colston and dumped it in Bristol’s harbour on June 7.

he base of the statue of Edward Colston is seen, after protesters pulled it down and pushed into the docks, following the loss of life of George Floyd, Bristol, Britain, June 8, 2020. REUTERS

The statue, titled “A Surge of Power (Jen Reid)” was erected earlier than daybreak on Wednesday with out approval from metropolis officers.

Colston was a 17th-century dealer who made a fortune transporting enslaved Africans throughout the Atlantic to the Americas. His cash funded colleges and charities in Bristol, 120 miles (195 kilometres) southwest of London.

The toppling of his statue is a part of a worldwide reckoning with racism and slavery sparked by the loss of life of a Black American man, George Floyd, by the hands of police in Minneapolis, in May.

The statue of Edward Colston falls down as protesters pull it down, following the loss of life of George Floyd, in Bristol, Britain, June 7, 2020.

Quinn, considered one of Britain’s best-known sculptors, stated Reid had “created the sculpture when she stood on the plinth and raised her arm in the air. Now we’re crystallising it.”

Reid informed The Guardian newspaper that the brand new statue was “incredible” and would assist “continue the conversation.” City authorities fished the Colston statue out of the harbour and say it will likely be positioned in a museum, together with placards from the Black Lives Matter demonstration. AP

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