Sculptor Marc Quinn‘s statue titled “A Surge of Power (Jen Reid)” replaced a statue of slave trader Edward Colston that was recently torn down and thrown in the river in the UK city of Bristol. The city coucil quickly declared the new statue illegal and removed it until a consensus could be reached about where it should be displayed, and what if anything, should go on the plinth where Colston once stood.
Via The Telegraph:
Marvin Rees, the Bristol mayor, insisted that it had been pulled down because artist Marc Quinn had not sought permission. He criticised him for attempting to provoke debate without local knowledge and little “awareness of the political consequences”.
Mr Rees has vowed that the city will decide on the future of the plinth after a newly former history commission has reported its findings.
Residents may be offered the chance to nominate who they would like to see memorialised.
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