A Surge of Power.
I lived in Bristol for about 3 years, and must confess my own ignorance, as I had basically no idea who Edward Colston was. As far as I was concerned, it was just the name of a hall where I once ate a kebab and saw a sub-par ‘comedy’ show. I didn’t even know he had a statue. And I must admit, in this ignorance, when I first saw the (at that point anonymous to me) statue come crashing down, I had mixed feelings about it. But then after about 2 minutes of googling, it was pretty much impossible to say anything other than “yeah fair enough actually”. Colston’s voyage into the river did leave a vacant plinth though, which immediately started the conversation as to what should take his place. And this is the answer. Well, at least it was the answer for about 24 hours. Artist Mark Quinn had been secretly working with BLM activist Jen Reid, who was famously photographed atop the plinth giving the black power salute, and together they made and installed a steel statue in her likeness. ‘A Surge of Power’ has now been removed by the council, but this came as no surprise to Quinn who had only ever intended for it to be a temporary installation. But if his true goal was to make a load of noise and re-spark an important dialogue, then mission accomplished.Read Original Article.