The memorial would replace the statue of slave-trader Colston, which was torn down from its position near Bristol’s harbour as part of a Black Lives Matter protest. Readers rave that Banksy’s new art piece for a slavery memorial in the UK is “an absolutely fantastic idea”. The new sketch, which was posted on Instagram, would propose the statue would return to its pedestal with additional statues of the protesters tearing it down.
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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.
The anonymous artist is still conquering social issues and posting a comment on Instagram with the trending hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. His new stencil points to the event on June 7 when over 10 0000 #BLM protesters brought down the controversial statue of the slave owner and tossed it into the Avon River.
The 17th Century figure towered over Bristol’s crowded centre since 1895. Colston was also a well-known philanthropist, donating money to those who shared his religious ideas. However, after the death of George Floyd, an African-American, who was brutally murdered by 4 white police officers in Minnesota in May, protests have been prevalent. Several groups across the world are tearing down statues that have similar historic crimes against humanity such as Colston.
Banksy is not a stranger to speaking out against the #BlackLivesMatter movement on his Instagram profile. Last month he posted an image of a framed black silhouette surrounded by burnt out candles, with one tall candle setting a blaze to the American flag.
The comment reads: “People of colour are being failed by the system. The white system. Like a broken pipe flooding the apartment of the people living downstairs. This is a white problem. And if white people don’t fix it, someone will have to come upstairs and kick the door in.”
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Banksy is an anonymous England-based renowned graffiti artist, celebrated political activist, and film director. He has been creating street art for more than 20 years. Banksy uses his social media platform to spread awareness on social issues among his ten million followers.