As the battle against racism continues, Bristol woke up to a new sculpture of a black lives matter female protester, Jen Reid.
Following the death of a black American man, George Floyd, in the hands of brutal white police officers, thousands of angry protesters have taken to the streets across the UK, toppling down several statues of slave traders.
The statue of the slave trader Edward Colston which was recently knocked down by the protesters, has been replaced by a sculpture of Black Lives Matter protester.
In the early hours on Wednesday, a team directed by the artist Marc Quinn hurriedly and almost silently installed a sculpture of Black Lives Matter protester, Jen Reid, were Colston statue used to stand and drove away.
The statue of Reid a Bristolian was titled “A Surge of Power (Jen Reid) 2020”.
A little while later, several photographers and vehicles surrounded Reid, who stood with her fist in the air. She said: “It’s just incredible.“That’s pretty fucking ballsy, that it is.”
Bristol`s mayor, Marvin Rees said: “The subject matter is powerful, a local voice, a remarkable woman being represented. “All that is fantastic. But Bristol is a very delicately balanced city. A fractured city. So the process is really important, and this hasn’t really worked with the process.”
Referring to the installation of the sculpture, the police said that no one had committed a crime and the statue`s future was a matter for the council.
Marc Quinn said: “It almost feels like it’s been there forever. “It gets under the skin before you understand what it is.”
He also mentioned that it was Reid who had “created the sculpture when she stood on the plinth and raised her arm in the air”, and that his role had simply been to “crystallise it”.
However, it seems that the statue of Reid might not last forever as Rees argued that the statue will have to removed.