A black resin and steel statue, erected secretly in the dark of night where the figure of 17th century slave trader Edward Colston once stood in Bristol, has been removed by the city council after just one day.

Despite the artist claiming it would be “extremely difficult to move,” council contractors removed the Reid statue at roughly 5:20am local time on Thursday morning.

London artist Marc Quinn previously admitted that his statue of Black Lives Matter protester Jen Reid was “not a permanent artwork.” 

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