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The black British artist criticizes the white sculptor Marc Quinn as a "trophy hunter".


A black British artist described the white sculptor Marc Quinn as a "trophy hunter", who "colonized" the pedestal of Edward Colston with his statue of Jen Reid.

Thomas J Price criticized Quinn's decision to build the life-sized piece of black resin and steel in Bristol last week, titled A Surge of Power, and called it a "stunt".

Less than 24 hours after Reid's controversial sculpture was secretly erected, it was demolished by council workers.

Thomas J Price, depicted with a sculpture from his collection entitled "Worship", has branded Marc Quinn as a "trophy hunter" for his latest work in support of the Black Lives Matter movement

Just 24 hours after its secret construction, the statue created by Marc Quinn was torn down by council workers

Just 24 hours after its secret construction, the statue created by Marc Quinn was torn down by council workers

The Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, said it was dismantled because it was put up without permission and without speaking to the city.

In an interview with GQ, Price said that the sculpture was a powerful picture, but that was the "ambition and claim of this very privileged white man".

When asked if he thought the statue supported the BLM movement, he said Quinn took an opportunity when he saw a picture of Reid on social media, thought it was a great statue, and claimed that it was his own.

The artist described the creator of the BLM statue as a "trophy hunter" and admitted that, like many others, he initially considered the image to be powerful.

But soon he started thinking about Quinn's previous work and his "track record of getting on and off", and his mind changed.

Price, who was selected to create a sculpture to celebrate the contributions of the Windrush generation, said he had been criticized by some who wondered why he hadn't created a public BLM statue.

Price said Quinn had colonized the base and claimed a strong picture of Jen Reid and claimed it as his own

Price said Quinn had colonized the base and claimed a strong picture of Jen Reid and claimed it as his own

He admitted that he thought Jen Reid's picture (in the picture) was powerful, but then his mind changed as he considered Quinn's earlier work

He admitted that he thought Jen Reid's picture (in the picture) was powerful, but then his mind changed as he considered Quinn's earlier work

He said that as a black artist, he had difficulty accessing the same industry privilege and privilege, and suggested that Quinn's resources and wealth made it much easier for him to accomplish this.

He also claims that Quinn's public exhibition was not an "ally" and suggested that he "dominated this space for too long" and colonized the pedestal using his resources to create a statue, as opposed to living experience.

Price said he believed statues of slave traders should be dismantled, but suggested taking time to decide what would replace them.

The theme of the BLM statue Ms. Reid, a descendant of Jamaican immigrants, had taken part in the march on June 7 – her first BLM demonstration – with husband Alasdair Doggart, who helped roll the Colston statue into the river when she was was demolished.

After the sculpture was removed, she said, “This sculpture is about standing up for my mother, my daughter, and black people like me.

"It's about black kids seeing it up there. It's something to be proud of having a sense of belonging, because we actually belong here and we don't go anywhere."

Bristol's councilors arrived at the former monument to Edward Colston at around 5.20 a.m. on Thursday to remove a statue of protester Jen Reid from Black Lives Matter

Bristol's councilors arrived at the former monument to Edward Colston at around 5.20 a.m. on Thursday to remove a statue of protester Jen Reid from Black Lives Matter

Sculptor Marc Quinn told MailOnline he had no idea how long the BLM statue would last after it was erected on a pedestal that once had a memorial to the slave trader Edward Colston

Sculptor Marc Quinn told MailOnline he had no idea how long the BLM statue would last after it was erected on a pedestal that once had a memorial to the slave trader Edward Colston

Last week artist Marc Quinn said to MailOnline: & # 39; We have no idea how long it will be there, we have no expectations.

"Jen and I don't put this sculpture on the pedestal as a permanent solution to what should be there – it is a spark that we hope will help draw attention to this important and pressing problem."

The Colston memorial is currently being restored after being fished out of the water and will eventually be brought to a museum.

A team of ten people led by Mr. Quinn quickly and secretly worked on the erection of the statue.

The workers arrived in two trucks and had the BLM sculpture raised by a hydraulic crane truck next to the base within 15 minutes.

The demonstrators demolished a statue of Edward Colston on Sunday June 7th. The same day, a memorial to Winston Churchill in London was blurred with the words "was a racist" on a pedestal underneath.

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