Banksy reveals brilliant plan for Bristol’s toppled Colston Statue

Banksy plan for Colston statue
(Image credit: Banksy)

Protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement have been taking place across the world over the last few weeks, after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. In one of the most symbolic images from this weekend's protests, the statue of 18th century slave trader Edward Colston was toppled in Bristol, and pushed into the harbour. 

As debate rages over whether the statue should be reinstated, left in the harbour, or pulled out and put in the city's museum, the mysterious Bristol-based street artist Banksy has proposed a solution (below) to keep "everyone happy". He suggests putting the statue back on its plinth, but with the addition of other life-size statues of the protestors pulling it down. If you're a Banksy fan, don't miss our favourite street art examples. 

Banksy's proposal is certainly inventive, not only catering (albeit with his signature wry humour) to those who'd rather see the statue restored, but also paying tribute to the protestors on the "famous day" that saw it pulled down this weekend. 

This isn't Banksy's only response to the recent Black Lives Matter protests this week. He also shared a new artwork depicting a vigil with a candle setting fire to the American flag. Other artists have also taken inspiration from the toppling of Colston's statue, such as Pete Fowler, whose amusing take on David Hockney's 'A Bigger Splash' has been making waves on Instagram.

Time will tell what happens to the empty plinth where Edward Colston once stood in Bristol. In the meantime, find out how  Creatives everywhere are standing together in support of the Black Lives Matter movement right now, and how you can help.

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Daniel Piper
Senior News Editor

Daniel Piper is Creative Bloq’s Senior News Editor. As the brand’s Apple authority, he covers all things Mac, iPhone, iPad and the rest. He also reports on the worlds of design, branding and tech. Daniel joined Future in 2020 (an eventful year, to say the least) after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more. Outside of Future, Daniel is a global poetry slam champion and has performed at festivals including Latitude, Bestival and more. He is the author of Arbitrary and Unnecessary: The Selected Works of Daniel Piper (Selected by Daniel Piper).