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‘We’re looking at the past as a gateway to the future’: Hank Willis Thomas on his new Martin Luther King Jr monument

The towering work, which depicts the interlocked arms of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, was unveiled in Boston ahead of the MLK Day holiday

Defying gravity—Leaning Tower of Pisa leans like in the early 19th century

Expert stabilisation plan means the Italian landmark has continued to straighten itself

Temporary monuments to pop up on the National Mall in Washington, DC, in new initiative

Six artists have been selected to create commemorative interventions in the US capital's sprawling public space

UK court of appeal rules Colston statue toppling a 'violent' act—but protestors still 'not guilty'

Case was escalated after some Conservative MPs criticised the acquittal of the four protestors who removed the public monument

Will the Fourth Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square be reserved for a statue of Queen Elizabeth II?

Questions raised about the fate of the capital’s most prominent platform for contemporary art

Canadian city’s decision to cancel statue of bison and fur trader is ‘authoritarian’, artist says

Ken Lum’s bronze statue, completed years ago but never installed, was deaccessioned by Edmonton for fear that it “may cause harm”

Report on Chicago's monuments urges removal of Columbus statues, creation of markers that tell city's 'true and complete history'

The city’s department of cultural affairs is also giving $50,000 grants to eight projects to create new temporary or permanent monuments

Outcry over Mexico City’s plan to replace guerrilla ‘anti-monument’ to victims of gender violence with replica of pre-hispanic statue

After an earlier plan for a new sculpture by artist Pedro Reyes was roundly rejected, the municipal government said it had received activists’ blessing to replace the protest monument that stood in its place

Roadside sculpture in Georgia—which some believed to be a satanic monument—demolished following early-morning bombing

The 16ft-tall structure, sometimes referred to as "America’s Stonehenge", was built in 1980 and inscribed with a ten-part message that may have been meant to help survivors of an apocalyptic event rebuild society

New research reveals that just 2% of named public statues in Britain commemorate people of colour

Major project by Art UK involving 500 volunteers sees 13,500 sculptures from across the UK posted online

William Kentridge calls on UK to find consensus over its ‘shameful past’ like South Africa has with apartheid

Ahead of his major retrospective at the Royal Academy this autumn, South African artist says Britain needs "imaginative solutions" for colonial era statues

Ukraine demolishes Kyiv monument symbolising friendship with Russia

The titanium People’s Friendship Arch above the statue will remain but be renamed the Arch of Freedom of the Ukrainian People

Nigerian installation in London’s St Paul’s Cathedral provokes debate around restitution and colonial monuments

Victor Ehikhamenor's towering work has been placed beside the building's memorial to the man who led the plunder of the Benin bronzes in 1897

New report recommends Bristol’s controversial slaver statue—torn down by BLM protestors—be permanently installed in museum

After four people who toppled Edward Colston statue are acquitted, the debate over problematic public art deepens

Biden administration reverses Trump-era restrictions on federal art commissions

In the waning months of his presidency, Donald Trump’s administration imposed a ban on commissioning abstract or modernist art for federal buildings

Simone Leigh statue of African deity installed at former site of Confederate monument in New Orleans

Leigh’s sculpture was unveiled at the symbolically charged site in the city centre during the closing weekend of the fifth Prospect New Orleans triennial

Controversial statue of Theodore Roosevelt removed from American Museum of Natural History

The equestrian statue, which depicts Roosevelt on horseback flanked by a Native American man and a man of African descent, had been the focus of years-long campaigns from activists calling for its removal

Man arrested for attacking sculpture by paedophile artist Eric Gill outside BBC Broadcasting House in London

Campaigners have called for the removal of the statue for decades, which they say is “a monument to paedophilia”, but the BBC says it will stay

The ugly pursuit of beauty: how traditional architecture has become a battleground for right-wing politicians

With the culture wars in full swing, reactionary ideas on city-making are again in the ascendant, argues architecture and heritage critic Robert Bevan

Kazakhstan protestors topple statue of former leader as unrest sweeps the country

A sharp fuel price hike triggered widespread demonstrations in the former Soviet republic with artists calling for a stop to the violence

Colston: Four BLM protestors found not guilty of criminal damage after toppling Bristol slave trader statue

Trial reignited the debate about the value of colonial-era contested monuments and statues

Trial of 'Colston Four', who helped topple slave trader statue in Bristol, begins

Banksy is selling t-shirts to help fund costs of four accused protestors

Defacement of fascist inventor's statue in Rome revealed to be artist hoax

Fake bust of Guglielmo Marconi in Villa Borghese park was spray-painted to draw attention to the manipulation of truth in the media

Confederate statue at centre of deadly Virginia rally will be melted down to make new monument

The city council in Charlottesville, Virginia, chose to give the controversial work to a local organisation over proposals to relocate it to Texas, California or other distant sites

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Letter | Would you keep public monuments honouring the late Jimmy Savile?

No one would argue that removing statues of the sex criminal is “cancelling culture”, yet this logic is routinely used to defend monuments of slavers, argues one of The Art Newspaper's readers

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Controversial Roosevelt statue will be relocated to planned North Dakota presidential library

The statue, which has long stood outside New York City’s American Museum of Natural History, has been the focus of years-long campaigns by activists calling for its removal

Miami Beach artist Charo Oquet wins Bass Museum commission for temporary monument

The commission, the second in the Bass’s ‘New Monuments’ series, will be installed in Collins Park in spring 2022

Statue of George Floyd in Union Square vandalised for second time

The sculpture, previously targeted by white supremacists in Brooklyn, was splattered with paint less than two days after it was installed in Manhattan

Bank of England removes ten slave trader works

But contentious statues of politicians involved in slave trade still remain in city's Guildhall building