On Sunday, Black Lives Matter protesters in Bristol, UK, pulled down the bronze statue of 17th-century slave trader Edward Colston, and then dumped the figure into the River Avon. Demonstrators in the estimated 10,000-person gathering cheered, while others called the dramatic act, “mob rule.”
Responding to both critics and supporters of the statue’s removal, street artist Banksy, who is believed to be from Bristol, took to Instagram to post a new work on the subject.
But the illustration, which Banksy explained “caters to those who miss the statue and others who don’t,” makes an alternative proposal for the site: erecting a statue of the protest act itself.
“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 protesters in the act of pulling him down. Everyone happy. A famous day commemorated,” Banksy wrote on Instagram.
A framed portrait of a black figure is depicted below an American flag catching fire. Credit: Banksy
“This is a white problem. And if white people don’t fix it, someone will have to come upstairs and kick the door in,” the artist added.