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Mannequin Skywalker - Darth Vader statue appears in Bristol in tribute to David Prowse04:29

Mannequin Skywalker - Darth Vader statue appears in Bristol in tribute to David Prowse

United Kingdom, Bristol
December 3, 2020 at 04:35 GMT +00:00 · Published

A rogue statue of Star Wars villain Darth Vader appeared in Bristol on Tuesday night in an apparent tribute to the late David Prowse who played Darth Vader on the big screen. The statue was placed on the plinth formerly belonging to the slave trader Edward Colston.

Prowse, who played the hero Luke Skywalker's father Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy died on Sunday aged 85. Prowse was a Bristol local and much more adored throughout the community than the previous tenant of the plinth.

"I really love it. I was walking along and my son said: 'What's that on the plinth?' I just thought 'well it looks a bit like Darth Vader from here,' and when we found out it was, we just thought it was absolutely hilarious and of course, he was from Bristol. And he has just died so, I think it's fantastic and everyone who comes along is really enjoying it," exclaimed local resident Marianne.

The statue stands where the statue of 17th-century slave trader Edward Colson used to be. The statue of Colston was famously toppled into the nearby river during Black Lives Matter protests back in June.

"I think it's great. I think there's been a lot of negative press and discussion about Black Lives Matter and how it impacts Bristol and I think you've got a positive role model who's black and from Bristol. I think it's a great idea," said local resident Dave.

Mannequin Skywalker - Darth Vader statue appears in Bristol in tribute to David Prowse04:29
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A rogue statue of Star Wars villain Darth Vader appeared in Bristol on Tuesday night in an apparent tribute to the late David Prowse who played Darth Vader on the big screen. The statue was placed on the plinth formerly belonging to the slave trader Edward Colston.

Prowse, who played the hero Luke Skywalker's father Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy died on Sunday aged 85. Prowse was a Bristol local and much more adored throughout the community than the previous tenant of the plinth.

"I really love it. I was walking along and my son said: 'What's that on the plinth?' I just thought 'well it looks a bit like Darth Vader from here,' and when we found out it was, we just thought it was absolutely hilarious and of course, he was from Bristol. And he has just died so, I think it's fantastic and everyone who comes along is really enjoying it," exclaimed local resident Marianne.

The statue stands where the statue of 17th-century slave trader Edward Colson used to be. The statue of Colston was famously toppled into the nearby river during Black Lives Matter protests back in June.

"I think it's great. I think there's been a lot of negative press and discussion about Black Lives Matter and how it impacts Bristol and I think you've got a positive role model who's black and from Bristol. I think it's a great idea," said local resident Dave.

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