“The toppling of Edward Colston’s statue in Bristol was a moment of global reverberation in the fight for racial justice, and A Surge of Power (Jen Reid) 2020 is an artwork created with Jen Reid, a local Bristol resident, to continue the public dialogue sparked by that,” Mr Quinn said in a statement.
“We did not request permission for the installation: we believe that art in the public space has the power to accelerate conversations and we wanted to bring continued attention to the vital and pressing issue of racism.
“We respect the fact that the council has chosen to remove the sculpture, which was always meant to be temporary.”
He added: “Once the sculpture had been installed, we made clear that we would be happy to arrange for it to be removed and now that the council has done so any costs it has incurred will be paid for.
“We will be collecting the sculpture which, as we have said from the outset, is not for profit and the proceeds from any sale of it will be donated to two charities chosen by Jen Reid.”
The charities are Cargo Classroom, a black history syllabus created for Bristol teenagers and The Black Curriculum, a social enterprise to address the lack of Black British history in the UK curriculum.
“We intend to offer a maquette of the sculpture to the Bristol Museum,” Mr Quinn said.
Marvin Rees, the Mayor of Bristol, previously said the sculpture had to be removed as the decision to install it had not been part of a democratic process involving people in the city.
He described Mr Quinn as a “London-based artist” who had taken the decision to put the sculpture up “without talking to the people of Bristol”.