Sculpture Of BLM Protester Where Statue Of Slave Trader Once Stood Gets Removed Just 24 Hours After Being Erected
Jen Reid stood on the same platform where Edward Colston’s sculpture previously stood.
July 15, 2020 at 7:54 pm
Update (July 15, 2020): The statue of a Black Lives Matter protester in the United Kingdom has been taken down after having been erected just 24 hours earlier, reports NBC News.
Protester Jen Reid was depicted in the sculpture with her fist raised high.
The work stood where a statue of slave trader Edward Colston once was.
After demonstrators toppled the statue of Colston during a June protest in the city of Bristol and threw it into a harbor, British artist Marc Quinn put up a life-size sculpture of Reid on the same platform. Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees, who is Black, released a statement shortly after Quinn's statue went up. Rees said the sculpture "was not requested and permission was not given for it to be installed."
Photos shared by photographer Ben Birchall on Twitter showed city workers taking down the statue on Wednesday.