Banksy Proposes Replacement Piece for Bristol’s Colston Statue

The anonymous street artist’s installation piece involves dragging the disgraced statue of a slave trader out of the harbor.

Yesterday, the citizens of Bristol took the long-overdue process of erasing a shrine to their city’s racist history into their own hands by uprooting a statue of seventeen-century slave trader Edward Colston and tossing it into Bristol Harbor. While this solves the problem of eliminating a public eyesore, it invites a new one: What should they do with the vacant plinth upon which the racist white fella once nested?

Banksy, as always, has a solution. The anonymous street artist took to Instagram a few hours ago to share an idea for a concept piece that would require protestors to retrieve the statue from the water and drag it back to it’s home, where the artist would put together a bronzed recreation of the statue’s toppling. It’s a win-win, he sarcastically notes. See his illustration for the piece below.


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