Artwork unveiled in London becomes third sculpture of a black woman in the UK

  • Video report by ITV News Arts Editor Nina Nannar

Standing 9ft tall, she cuts a remarkable figure as she looks down at her mobile phone. And she is something of a rarity - being only the third statue depicting a black woman in the UK.

The piece was commissioned to celebrate the fifth anniversary of The Line, an art trail in east London.

Sculptor Thomas J Price started working on the artwork long before the global Black Lives Matter protests in response to the death of George Floyd and the subsequent pulling down of the Bristol monument to Edward Colston.

Sculptor Thomas J Price who made the artwork 'Reaching Out'. Credit: ITV News

Artist Marc Quinn erected a statue of protestor Jen Reid in its place which was removed shortly afterwards by the council.

The first statue in the UK of a black woman was of Crimean War nurse Mary Seacole which was unveiled in 2016 in the grounds of St Thomas' Hospital, London.