It’s been a wild year in statues news. Thanks to the renewed attention to Black Lives Matter, statues of slave traders and colonizers from the Confederates to Christopher Columbus have been taken down. Over the summer, that spurred Twitter users pondering what statues improved their environments. Now, in the wake of the debate over a London statue of 18th-century English writer Mary Wollstonecraft, Twitter users followed a prompt to champion their favorite statues.
It began with this question: What are some actually good statues?
what are some actually good statues?— britain's largest hen (@SzMarsupial) November 11, 2020
The answers offered a wonderful array.
This statue of Texas civil rights leader and congresswoman Barbara Jordan which both acknowledges her disability and shows her as the powerful, thoughtful figure she was. https://t.co/AO2PLjUnBh pic.twitter.com/IITwEGJiPG— Lilah Sturges (@LilahSturges) November 11, 2020
personally i like this one of squirrels worshipping an acorn in my neighborhood pic.twitter.com/fLdglV5xAy— Owen Williams ⚡🇨🇦 (@ow) November 11, 2020
fuck that owns— britain's largest hen (@SzMarsupial) November 11, 2020
Sendai Daikannon in Sendai Japan is pretty sick pic.twitter.com/lmiXtEUsWL— OiHoi (@ThugEnergy) November 11, 2020
A great memorial at Gare Centrale that marks the sacrifice of Belgian railway workers not as victims but as heroes of resistance pic.twitter.com/WJOSC9f6vJ— Bruno Waterfield (@BrunoBrussels) October 31, 2018
People like us, Cardiff Bay pic.twitter.com/7YwYI4KpxX— siwan (@SCClarkCymru) November 11, 2020
Freedom statue in Zambia pic.twitter.com/Iv3eQgSu4T— David Grossman (@davidgross_man) November 11, 2020
This beautiful Karin boye statue in gothenburg, ppl passing by make sure she always has fresh flowers pic.twitter.com/2IFrJ6x84D— dark teen (@syndtpopp) November 11, 2020
Usain Bolt, Kingston, Jamaica pic.twitter.com/VkquY7MYYT— Michael P. Regan (@Reganonymous) November 11, 2020
also always thought this one of john betjeman in st pancras is quite lovely, pausing to look up and admire the architecture (he saved the station from demolition) pic.twitter.com/TzByIKBgua— Jon Stone (@joncstone) November 11, 2020
phillis wheatley's statue in boston!!— ann_ellipsis (@ann_ellipsis) November 11, 2020
she was the first black author to be published in the united stateshttps://t.co/EcAwPFVfHU
her statue is part of the boston women's memorial https://t.co/hxjAxtjB1v https://t.co/1VVr4k9yiK pic.twitter.com/nw3ZUGy1wQ
What’s a statue you love?
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