Toppled Colston statue in Bristol replaced by resin sculpture of Black Lives Matter activist

It makes This Writer proud to be Bristolian.

After the statue of slaver Edward Colston was toppled by protesters last month, artist Marc Quinn replaced it with a resin sculpture of a Black Lives Matter protester in a pre-dawn operation that caught authorities by surprise.

Now calls have been made for the city to keep the new statue standing on the formerly-vacant plinth.

The artist said he had based the statue on the moment activist Jen Reid stood on top of the empty plinth on June 7, raising her fist to the skies.

Authorities in Bristol are receiving calls for the statue to be kept, even though it was raised without permission. Mayor Marvin Rees has previously said any replacement would be decided democratically through consultation.

This is a big step forward against the attitude that said slavers should be celebrated, and against the right-wing loons who tried to protect statues like this after Colston’s was pulled down and dumped in the River Avon.

Source: Edward Colston statue in Bristol replaced by resin sculpture of Black Lives Matter protester | The Independent

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3 thoughts on “Toppled Colston statue in Bristol replaced by resin sculpture of Black Lives Matter activist

  1. Stu

    Some may argue that this is replacing one extreme with another but in my opinion it it one one the most beautiful, clever and creative things that I have ever seen.
    It’s the Bristolian equivalent of the defiant girl statue.

    The sculptor/designer deserves recognition.

    1. Sw

      This statue is just as bad and should be removed. Maybe a statue with white and black people holding hands would be better.

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