A sculpture of a Black protester with her fist raised in the air has been erected in place of a 17th Century English slave trader whose statue was toppled by anti-racism demonstrators last month in Britain's port city of Bristol.
Edward Colston, who made a fortune from trading in West African slaves, was pulled down and thrown in the harbour last month by anti-racism protesters demonstrating in the wake of the death of African-American George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.
The death of Floyd led to protests for racial equality and police reforms across the United States and around the world.
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The sculpture of Jen Reid, who was photographed standing on the plinth of Colston's statue, was put up in the early hours of Wednesday by a team directed by artist Marc Quinn, the Guardian reported.
It was great working with Marc Quinn on this. The statue of Edward Colston had just been sucessfuly replaced with a sculpture of Jen Reid; a Bristolian BLM protestor. pic.twitter.com/T5PJGJ5mwY— Hassan Akkad حسان عقاد (@hassan_akkad) July 15, 2020
The statue of slave trader Edward Colston has been replaced in Bristol this morning with a sculpture of Black Lives Matter protestor Jen Reid. Brilliant news #BlackLivesMatterUK pic.twitter.com/zoIYB147l4— The Left Wing Society (@LeftWingSociety) July 15, 2020
A beautiful moment of artistic disruption in Bristol from Jen Reid and Marc Quinn, erected at dawn. Art! pic.twitter.com/sZAZRr7H5c— Rhiannon L Cosslett (@rhiannonlucyc) July 15, 2020
Edward Colston statue replaced by Marc Quinn sculpture of #BlackLivesMatter protestor Jen Reid. Art at its very best. Let’s hope the authorities leave it there permanently. Brilliant. pic.twitter.com/gjmIbXGkjU— Anna-Maria Cahalane (@se4pencilyouin) July 15, 2020
The statue of Edward Colston in Bristol was replaced by Jen Reid. This shows so much respect to the #blacklivesbetter movement started by 3 black women in the US and still pushed by women around the world, this might be the only black female statue in any major UK city. ✊♀️♀️❤ pic.twitter.com/7Uw4YyewTs— Miss_kasaya (@jasmin_kasaya) July 15, 2020
"Resident Jen Reid and I have unveiled a new temporary, public installation, ‘A Surge of Power (Jen Reid) 2020’, on top of Edward Colston’s empty plinth in Bristol, England," Quinn said on Instagram beside a photograph of the new work.
(With Reuters inputs)