Bristol’s Mayor Marvin Rees said today’s substitute was “the work and decision of a London-based artist which was not requested and permission was not given for it to be installed”.
Artist Marc Quinn created the black and resin steel version of protester Jen Reid,
who was photographed standing on the empty plinth after the Colston statue was toppled during an anti-racism protest
Jen Reid, says she ‘shed a tear’ when she saw a sculpture of her replace that of the slave trader Edward Colston
in Bristol on Wednesday.
The artist Marc Quinn had the new statue installed without council permission.
It replicates a photograph of Reid with her fist raised taken after the statue of Colston, a 17th-century merchant, was toppled by Black Lives Matter demonstrators in June.
Arriving in two lorries before 5 am, a team of 10 people worked quickly to install the figure of Reid,
who said she had been secretly working with Quinn on the idea for weeks
But, the city’s Mayor said on Twitter: “The future of the plinth and what is installed on it
must be decided by the people of Bristol.
“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.”