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When I was stood there on the plinth, and raised my arm in a Black Power salute, it was totally spontaneous, I didn’t even think about it. [...] My immediate thoughts were for the enslaved people who died at the hands of Colston and to give them power. I wanted to give George Floyd power, I wanted to give power to Black people like me who have suffered injustices and inequality.
The point of all of this is about the redistribution of equity, of power. So simply just putting up a sculpture, which looks way better, is not enough. Who’s being given the opportunity, who’s being given the chance? Even if it were this, even if it’s all simply from Marc Quinn’s own money, that still doesn’t matter. Why not actually support some young black artists to make something and put something up there—to give them time, to give them space.