The new wave of statues toppled

  • José Francisco Alves Researcher at CIEBA, FBAUL, Portugal


In light of the uprising over the death of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis, USA, on May 25, 2020, we were all able to follow online the numerous and violent protests around the world that followed, many of which resulted in death and destruction. Little by little, the protests for justice and punishment of the police, as well as for the end of prejudice against black people, expanded into causes. As an example of these causes, the memory of indigenous genocide in the Americas and the struggle for “decolonization”. With these justifications, as usual, genuinely shaken, angry crowds, as well as small groups of masked people, in the dark, turned against monuments erected by predecessor generations in public spaces, destroying, vandalizing or having them removed.

Author Biography

José Francisco Alves, Researcher at CIEBA, FBAUL, Portugal

Doctor and Master in Art History, Specialist in Cultural Heritage, Bachelor in Sculpture and professor at Atelier Livre Xico Stockinger (P. Alegre, Brazil). Member of AICA, ICOM and ICOMOS. 

How to Cite
Alves, J. (2020). The new wave of statues toppled. CAP - Public Art Journal, 2(2), 130 - 133.