A new statue was raised after the controversial black lives matter demonstration in Bristol last month toppled a 17th-century statue of slave trader Edward Colston and was later retrieved from the River Avon.
A life-sized, made of black resin sculpture of a woman with her fist raised in a Black Power salute was set up early in the morning by British Artist Marc Quinn without the knowledge of the Bristol City Council.
A statue of Jen Reid, a Black Lives Matter protester, now stands in place of a monument to the 17th-century slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol, England https://t.co/d9GY5ZXxY5— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 15, 2020
The artist gained inspiration after seeing an Instagram photograph of Jen Reid, who climbed atop the empty plinth. In a press statement released he said that the sculpture "is an embodiment and amplification of Jen's ideas and experiences, and the past, present and her hope for a better future."
“A Surge of Power (Jen Reid) 2020” is the official title of the artwork. Since the artist did not receive permission, the statue will not stand there permanently.
The restored Colston’s statue will be exhibited alongside the signs from the Black Lives Matter protests at the local museum based on an article published.