Last month, the 18th-century slave trader Edward Colston statue was torn down and thrown into Bristol harbour by protestors and replaced with the figure of the BLM demonstrator Jen Reid. The statue titled ‘A Surge of Power (Jen Reid) 2020’, the sculpture is a made from black resin and steel.
In the early hours of Thursday morning, Bristol City Council took steps to remove Ried monument. A spokeswoman for Bristol City Council said: “This morning we removed the sculpture. It will be held at our museum for the artist to collect or donate to our collection.”
The people of Bristol will decide its future.
The Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees
The Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees made a statement regarding Reids ‘A Surge of Power.’ 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. The people of Bristol will decide its future.’