July 15, 2020; CNN Style
On June 7, residents of Bristol, England, made global headlines when they toppled a long-resented statue of 17th-century slave trader Edward Colston during a Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest after George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police. The Colston statue was dragged through town and dumped into the River Avon. Early on July 15, the space that had been occupied by Colston since 1895 received a new statue, titled “A Surge of Power (Jen Reid) 2020,” commemorating a protester photographed atop the plinth shortly after Colston fell.
A photograph of Bristol resident Reid on that same plinth—fist raised in a Black Power salute—taken on the day of the protest caught the attention of British artist Marc Quinn. With Reid’s permission, he quietly made a resin sculpture of her, which he described this week as “an embodiment and amplification of Jen’s ideas and experiences, and of the past, present and