On Wednesday, a new statue was secretly placed on the spot where slaver Edward Colston’s previously stood before it was torn down by Black Lives Matter protestors.
The new statue, called A Surge of Power, is of a woman called Jen Reid and shows her with a raised fist.
A cardboard sign on which was written ‘black lives still matter’ was placed at the base of the monument.
Even with the statue now having been removed, here’s what you need to know about Reid and why her image was chosen.
Who is Jen Reid?
Jen Reid is a Black Lives Matter protester who helped tear down the Colston statue.
She was also photographed standing on top of the then-freshly vacant plinth with her fist in the air after Colstan’s statue was taken down.
The statue’s creator, Marc Quinn told The Guardian: ‘Jen created the sculpture when she stood on the plinth and raised her arm in the air. Now we’re crystallising it.’
The statue of Reid was put up in secret in the early hours of Wednesday morning by a team of ten.
When the statue of her was raised, Reid, who told The Guardian that she’d be working on the project with Quinn for weeks, said: ‘It’s just incredible.
‘That’s pretty f*****g ballsy.’
On the subject of her involvement in the protests, Reid told the BBC: ‘When I was stood there on the plinth, and raised my arm in a Black Power salute, it was totally spontaneous.
‘I didn’t even think about it. It was like an electrical charge of power was running through me. This sculpture is about making a stand for my mother, for my daughter, for black people like me.’
By Thursday morning however, the statue, which was put up without Bristol County Council’s knowledge, had been taken down at the council’s request.
A spokesperson said: ‘It will be held at our museum for the artist to collect or donate to our collection.’
Mayor Marvin Rees tweeted on Wednesday: ‘I understand people want expression, but the statue has been put up without permission.
‘Anything put on the plinth outside of the process we’ve put in place will have to be removed. The people of Bristol will decide its future.’
Quinn previously said he intended his statue to be a temporary installation to ensure conversations about racism continued.