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Slave trader Edward Colston statue replaced by sculpture of black protester
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Slave trader Edward Colston statue replaced by sculpture of black protester

    A sculpture of a black woman who took part in a Black Lives Matter protest in Bristol has been erected on the plinth where a statue of slave trader Edward Colston used to stand. Artist Marc Quinn created the black and resin steel piece of protester Jen Reid, who was photographed standing on the empty plinth after the Colston statue was toppled during the march. The sculpture, entitled A Surge of Power (Jen Reid), was erected shortly before 5am on Wednesday by Quinn’s team without the prior knowledge of Bristol City Council. Mayor Marvin Rees previously said any decision on how the plinth should be used would be decided democratically through consultation. After the sculpture was installed, Mrs Reid stood in front of it with her fist in the air. It’s just incredib...