Statue of Black Lives Matter protester taken down

Contractors use ropes to secure A Surge of Power (Jen Reid) which was taken down on Thursday morning. Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

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

Pictures from the scene appeared to show workers at the site at around 5.20am on Thursday.

Bristol City Council said it was removed at their request, adding: “It will be held at our museum for the artist to collect or donate to our collection.”

The statue being moved to a museum. Credit: PA

The statue, by artist Marc Quinn, was put up in the early hours of Wednesday.

Quinn’s lifesize black resin and steel piece of Jen Reid was inspired after seeing a photo of her standing on the empty plinth following the toppling of the Colston statue.

The sculpture, entitled A Surge of Power (Jen Reid), was installed without the knowledge or consent of Bristol City Council.

On Wednesday, Bristol mayor Marvin Rees tweeted: “I understand people want expression, but the statue has been put up without permission.

“Anything put on the plinth outside of the process we’ve put in place will have to be removed.”

Mr Rees had previously said that any decision on how the plinth should be used would be decided democratically through consultation.


In a statement issued after the sculpture was erected, he said change needs to happen at a pace that "brings people with us," adding: "The sculpture that has been installed today was the work and decision of a London-based artist. It was not requested and permission was not given for it to be installed."


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Mr Rees referenced a commission set up by the council to tell a "fuller history" of the city, including the part played by black people, women, the working class, trade unions and children. He said this would put the city in a better position to understand "who we wish to honour". "As the commission shares this information, the city will decide on city memorials and the future of the plinth," Mr Rees said.