City removes unauthorized statue of BLM protester that was put in Edward Colston’s place

The sculpture of a Black Lives Matter protester which replaced the statue of slave trader Edward Colston has been removed.

The statue of BLM protester Jen Reid was unauthorized and never approve to go up in the first place.


CBS news reports the sculpture of a Black Lives Matter protester that appeared on a plinth formerly occupied by a statue of a slave trader, which was torn down and thrown into a river last month in Bristol, England, was removed Thursday by the city. The city of Bristol has not yet officially decided what to do with the plinth on which a statue of Edward Colston previously stood.

In a statement on Wednesday, Bristol’s mayor, Marvin Rees, said that the replacement statue of a female protester with her fist raised to the sky, which appeared early that morning, had been put up without permission.

“We have established a history commission which will help us tell our full city history,” Rees said in a statement. “As we learn this fuller history including the part played by black people, women, the working class, trade unions, and children among others, we will be in a better position to understand who we are, how we got here and who we wish to honor.”

The sculpture of Jen Reid, who helped pull down the statue of 17th-century merchant and slave trader Colston in June and was photographed in the pose with her fist raised, was secretly installed by the team of artist Marc Quinn at dawn on Wednesday.

A cardboard sign saying “Black lives still matter” was placed beneath the work, which the artist titled “A surge of power (Jen Reid) 2020.”

Quinn and Reid, who collaborated on the work, said the installation was always intended to be temporary.

“When I was stood there on the plinth, and raised my arm in a Black Power salute, it was totally spontaneous, I didn’t even think about it,” Reid said in a statement about the work. “It was like an electrical charge of power was running through me. My immediate thoughts were for the enslaved people who died at the hands of Colston and to give them power. I wanted to give George Floyd power, I wanted to give power to Black people like me who have suffered injustices and inequality. A surge of power out to them all,” she said.