October 26, 2020

Statue of Black Lives Matter protester Jen Reid replaces toppled UK slave dealer, Edward Colston – artwork and tradition



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.

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

A new black resin and steel statue entitled "A Surge of Power (Jen Reid) 2020" by artist Marc Quinn stands after the statue was put up in the morning on the empty plinth of the toppled statue of 17th century slave trader Edward Colston.

A brand new black resin and metal statue entitled “A Surge of Energy (Jen Reid) 2020” by artist Marc Quinn stands after the statue was put up within the morning on the empty plinth of the toppled statue of 17th century slave dealer Edward Colston.
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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 kilometers) southwest of London.

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

People use their phones to document a new black resin and steel statue entitled "A Surge of Power (Jen Reid) 2020" by artist Marc Quinn.

Folks use their telephones to doc a brand new black resin and metal statue entitled “A Surge of Energy (Jen Reid) 2020” by artist Marc Quinn.
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Quinn, certainly one of Britain’s best-known sculptors, mentioned Reid had “created the sculpture when she stood on the plinth and raised her arm within the air. Now we’re crystallizing it.”

Jen Reid poses for photographs in front of the new black resin and steel statue portraying her entitled "A Surge of Power (Jen Reid) 2020" by artist Marc Quinn.

Jen Reid poses for images in entrance of the brand new black resin and metal statue portraying her entitled “A Surge of Energy (Jen Reid) 2020” by artist Marc Quinn.
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Reid advised The Guardian newspaper that the brand new statue was “unimaginable” and would assist “proceed the dialog.”

Metropolis 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.

(This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content. Solely the headline has been modified.)

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