In Bristol, England where the statue of slave trader Edward Colston was toppled during a Black Lives Matter protest, artist Marc Quinn and BLM protestor Jen Reid have been working privately on a statue to replace it.
On the day that the Colston statue came down, Reid was photographed standing on top of the plinth with her arm raised. Quinn wanted to commemorate this new and historic moment, and so set her in black resin. The statue, entitled A Surge of Power (Jen Reid) 2020, was installed without the city’s permission. Reid and Quinn state that they were “not putting this sculpture as a permanent solution to what should be there—it’s a spark which we hope will help to bring continued attention to this vital and pressing issue.”
While the city has, unfortunately, removed the statue after only one day, the refreshing and striking visual statement was made: The history of our world must be valued and told using the experiences of all groups of people.