You can keep your BLM statue, Bristol tells wealthy London artist

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You can keep your BLM statue, Bristol tells wealthy London artist

The council is unimpressed, a black artist is critical, but charities focused on black history could benefit

Anita Singh

When Marc Quinn erected a likeness of a Black Lives Matter (BLM) protester where the statue of slave trader Edward Colston once stood, he hoped it would lead to debate.

Perhaps he did not expect the debate to centre on whether a wealthy white artist based in London should assume the right to impose his art on the people of Bristol without asking them first. Quinn, who made his name as one of the Young British Artists in the 1990s, pulled off the art stunt in a meticulously planned dawn operation.

His sculpture depicts Jen Reid, who was photographed standing on the empty plinth with her fist raised after Colston’s statue was toppled and thrown into Bristol’s docks last month...

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