On Sunday, Black Lives Matter protesters in Bristol, UK, pulled out the bronze statue of a seventeenth-century slave trader Edward Coulston, and then threw the number into the Avon River. The demonstrators chanted at the gathering of an estimated 10,000 people, while others described the dramatic act, “Mob rule.”
In response to both critics and supporters of the statue’s removal, Banksy Street artist, believed to be from Bristol, moved to Instagram to publish a new work on the topic.
But the illustration, which Banksy explained “meets the needs of those who miss the statue and others who do not”, offers an alternative suggestion for the site: erect a statue to make the protest itself.
“We pull him out of the water, bring him back to the base, tie the cable around his neck and cost some bronze statues the life-size of the protesters as they pull down. Everyone is happy. A famous memory,” Banksy wrote. Instagram.
A black framed picture is drawn beneath an American flag on fire. credit: Banksy
And the artist added: “This is a white problem. If the eggs don’t fix it, someone will have to go upstairs and kick the door.”