Environmental activists from the Just Stop Oil movement threw tomato soup at Van Gogh’s masterpiece “The Sunflowers” on display at the National Gallery in London on Friday (October 14th), which the museum said only slightly damaged the frame. They intended to demand an immediate halt to all oil projects.
According to press photos released by the movement, which calls for an immediate end to any new oil or gas project, two activists threw the contents of two cans of soup at the project, which is estimated to cost more than $84 million.
” Creativity and human genius are on display in this gallery, but our heritage is being destroyed by our government’s inaction in the face of the climate and cost of living crisis “, the movement posted on its Twitter account.
The police surrendered quickly on the scene at the National Gallery this morning after two protesters threw a substance at a painting and then bolted to a wall This is what Scotland Yard says in a statement. In particular, they were arrested for “ damage “.
Is skilled in striking actions
The museum said in a statement that two people have ” seemed to stick to the wall next to it Sunflowers by Van Gogh (1888)” and also has “ threw a red substance – which appears to be tomato soup – onto the board “. The frame suffers minor damage but the array is ” intact “Insured the National Gallery, the painting is protected by glass.
This new action by the group, who had already targeted works of art in the past and are adept at beating actions, comes within the framework of a month of actions during which they have also blocked roads on several occasions. ” The cost of living crisis comes from fossil fuels – everyday life has become unaffordable for millions of families who are cold and hungry – they can’t even afford a can of soup said 21-year-old activist Phoebe Plummer, quoted in a statement from the movement.
” At the same time », « people die ” because of “ fires and droughts caused by climate change “, she argued. ” We cannot afford new oil and gas projects “, they walk ” take it all away “.