A sculpture of a Black Lives Matter protester has been removed from the plinth where a statue of slave trader Edward Colston once stood.
The sculpture of Jen Reid was erected on Wednesday but removed by Bristol City Council just over 24 hours later. Ms. Reid had been photographed standing on the empty plinth after the Colston statue was pulled down during protests.
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Mayor Marvin Rees said it was up to the people of Bristol to decide what would replace Colston’s statue.
Bristol City Council contractors removed the sculpture of Ms. Reid on Thursday and took it away in the back of a lorry by 05:30 BST.
The authority tweeted to say the sculpture would be held at its museum “for the artist to collect or donate to our collection”.
The black resin statue of Ms. Reid, called A Surge of Power, was created by artist Marc Quinn and designed to be a temporary installation to continue the conversation about racism.
He said he was inspired to create it after seeing an image of her standing on the plinth with her fist raised during the Black Lives Matter protest on 7 June.
Speaking in a Facebook Q&A on Wednesday evening, Mr. Rees said it was important to gauge people’s opinions on a replacement for the Colston statue, but he felt an empty plinth was “a very powerful statement at this time”.
“We have to move forward because racism is with us and pulling down the statue was a stand against racism,” he said.
“We want the fuller story of Bristol and by telling that story we will be in a better position to make judgments on what we choose to celebrate, who we celebrate, and who we are.
“Our belief is that process will put us in a better position as a city to have a discussion and come to a collective view to what we put on that plinth if anything.”
Protesters used ropes to pull the Colston statue, which had been at the Bristol city centre site since 1895, from its plinth last month.
It was then dragged to the harbourside, where it was thrown into the water at Pero’s Bridge – named in honour of enslaved man Pero Jones who lived and died in the city.
The council later retrieved the statue and said it would be displayed in a museum along with placards from the protest.
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