Street artist Banksy has turned to the rag trade and will sell t-shirts to support four people on charges of criminal damages related to the overturning of a statue of slave trader Edward Colston.
The anonymous artist posted photos of limited-edition gray souvenir T-shirts to Instagram that go on sale in Bristol on Saturday.
The shirts have a photo of Colston’s empty plinth with a rope hanging down, with debris and an abandoned sign nearby and BRISTOL written above.
In a social media post, Banksy said: “Next week the four people accused of shooting down the Colston statue in Bristol will stand trial.
“I made souvenir shirts to mark the occasion. Available at various points of sale in the city from tomorrow. All the profits are returned to the defendants so that they can go and get a pint. “
Bristol-based Banksy said sales would be limited to one per person and each t-shirt would cost £ 25 plus VAT.
The 17th century bronze slave merchant memorial was demolished during a Black Lives Matter protest on June 7 last year, before being dumped in Bristol harbor and later recovered by the council Bristol Municipal.
The charges allege that the four defendants, without legitimate excuse, jointly and with others, damaged the statue, a listed monument belonging to the town hall.
The defendants are accused of having committed the offense “with the intention of destroying or damaging such property or of having been reckless as to whether such property would be destroyed or damaged”.