We’re going through a time of reflection brought on by the protests of Black citizens of the racism they face by law enforcement and in all areas of their everyday lives.
As we strive to have meaningful conversations about race, one of the casualties of the Black Lives Matter movement has been the statues of Confederate generals and early explorers like Christopher Columbus. There are further calls to keep toppling statues until every reminder of racism is removed from sight.
So is any statue safe? Sure!
On Twitter, author and historian James Barr asked a provoking question about the value of statues occupying public parks and streets. He got plenty of answers.
Name a statue that actually enhances its surroundings.
— James Barr (@James_Barr) June 10, 2020
Here are 12 statues everyone seems to like.
A life-size Gundam!
Let’s not kid around here: This Gundam in Tokyo (Odaiba) pic.twitter.com/Xa4YGjAW5U
— Nes (@AlphaHeartt) June 10, 2020
The Famine statues were presented to the City of Dublin in 1997.
The famine memorial in Dublin is pretty powerful. Statues should honour the victims, not the oppressors. pic.twitter.com/wR4Cys8sDD
— Cailín Corcra (@_Cailin_Corcra_) June 10, 2020
3. Sheffield, United Kingdom
Bronze sculpture by Martin Jennings that remembers the women of Sheffield who worked the steel factories during WWI and WWII.
— Kate Bottley (@revkatebottley) June 10, 2020
By Gustav Vigeland. The babies are evil spirits.
— One of Many Beths (@BethLynch2020) June 10, 2020
Terry Fox was a Canadian athelete and amputee who ran across Canada to raise money for cancer research.
These great ones of him in Vancouver also pic.twitter.com/RWSr0iHorx
— Crystal Dowling (@CrystalDowling1) June 11, 2020
6. Vaxjo, Sweden
Commemorates housewife Danuta Danielsson whacking Neo-Nazi Seppo Seluska.
That's a worthwhile subject for a statue.
Danuta's mum was an Auschwitz survivor. pic.twitter.com/sfwUPBGd7F
— Pete M (@fastcarspete) June 10, 2020
7. New York
By artist Paige Bradley to show a figure disconnecting herself from attachments.
Expansion, in New York pic.twitter.com/2KL09xsjq4
— Kerry Daynes (@KerryDaynes) June 10, 2020
Mary Seacole was a Black woman who traveled the world and helped people in need. She was best known for her work as a nurse during the Crimean War.
Mary Seacole in the gardens of St Thomas’s Hospital. pic.twitter.com/guwi1MdcNR
— Michelle Casey (@MichelleCasey76) June 10, 2020
9. University of Maryland
Jim Henson and Kermit The Frog sit on a bench in front of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union Building deep in conversation.
+1 The way they are in conversation with each other is really touching pic.twitter.com/TjDiRjV0zq
— Cory Bernat (@1goodpotato) June 10, 2020
10. Sao Paulo
Commerating Brazil’s essential workers.
a gardener, a waitress, a cleaner, a street sweeper. love how they honor otherwise invisible workers. são paulo, brazil pic.twitter.com/eTOPBOHGPE
— queima o vírus (@choracuica) June 10, 2020
11. Denver International Airport
Blue Mustang. Also called Blucifer. Actually killed his creator, Luis Jiménez.
— Brett (@Relentlessbored) June 10, 2020
12. Seaham, Co. Durham
Great War soldier by artist Ray Lonsdale.
"Tommy" at Seaham, Co. Durham. pic.twitter.com/Whc4AqVCdK
— MackemY (@PaulPauly612) June 10, 2020
Just as there are statues that commemorate people who are no longer considered heroes in the current context, there are many more honoring the lesser known men and women who changed the world in valuable ways. Other statues are artistic works and we need art to make us look at life in different ways.
Our history may be considered a source of misery, but we also need to remember the ones that made it as beautiful as they could–and still do. May we learn from them.
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