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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. . What should we do with the empty plinth in the middle of Bristol? Here’s an idea that caters for both those who miss the Colston statue and those who don’t. We drag him out the water, put him back on the plinth, tie cable round his neck and commission some life size bronze statues of protestors in the act of pulling him down. Everyone happy. A famous day commemorated.