The anonymous street artist said his idea would keep â€œeveryone happy,â€ whether they supported the removal of the controversial statue of Edward Colston â€• that was toppled from its plinth and unceremoniously dumped in the River Avon during a Black Lives Matter rally â€• or not.
Check out the video of its rolling into the river here:Â
In an Instagram post on Tuesday, Banksy proposed the statue be hauled back onto its original base. A cable could be tied around its neck and life-sized statues of protesters â€œin the act of pulling him downâ€ added, he wrote.
The updated artwork would satisfyÂ â€œboth those who miss the Colston statue and those who donâ€™tâ€ and commemorate â€œa famous day,â€ Banksy said, alongside a sketch of his idea:
Bristol City Council retrieved the statue from the river early Thursday.
â€œIt is being taken to a secure location before later forming part of our museums collection,â€ the authority tweeted:
Banksy on SaturdayÂ showed solidarity with anti-racism protestersÂ with a new artwork of a shrine to an anonymous Black figure.
â€œPeople of colour are being failed by the system. The white system,â€ Banksy wrote. â€œLike a broken pipe flooding the apartment of the people living downstairs. This faulty system is making their life a misery, but itâ€™s not their job to fix it. They canâ€™t â€” no-one will let them in the apartment upstairs.â€
â€œThis is a white problem,â€ he added. â€œAnd if white people donâ€™t fix it, someone will have to come upstairs and kick the door in.â€
Check out the post here:
Prosecutors in Abruzzo, Italy, meanwhile, on Wednesday said they had recovered a stolen mural that Banksy had painted on the door of the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, the venue of the 2015 terror attacks.
The piece, below, was discovered inside a farmhouse:
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