Environmental protesters threw tomato soup at the famous painting The Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh at the National Gallery in London to call on the British government to end new oil and gas exploration projects.
Shortly after 11:00 a.m. local time, two activists from the civil disobedience group Just Stop Oil threw two Heinz brand soup cans at the Dutch Impressionist master’s glass-protected canvas and part of his gilded frame, videos posted to social media show.
Painted in 1888 by Vincent van Goghthe painting is estimated at $84.2 million.
With this action, Just Stop Oil wanted the British executive to stop all new hydrocarbon exploitation projects in the country, the environmental group said in a statement shortly afterwards.
After throwing the thick substance, the two activists knelt in front of the work and taped themselves to the art gallery wall.
Shortly thereafter, museum security arrived and ushered visitors out of Room 43, where the work was taking place Vincent van Gogh.
Scotland Yard announced that its “officers rushed to the scene of the crime at the National Gallery this morning after two Just Stop Oil protesters threw a substance at a painting and then banged it against a wall”.
“Both were arrested for property damage and serious trespassing,” the police said on Twitter.
“Not Even a Can of Soup”
The new British Conservative Prime Minister, who is increasingly being questioned for her political, economic and environmental choices, Liz TrussAppointed to succeed controversial Boris Johnson on September 6, two days later announced the lifting of a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the UK.
In addition to approving this controversial fossil fuel extraction method, previously banned in the country, Truss also announced an increase in licenses for oil and gas exploration in the North Sea as part of its efforts to combat the energy crisis.
“Sunflowers” is the second most famous work by Vincent van Gogh attacked by Just Stop Oil, two of whom pounded the painting in late June peach trees are in bloom1889, exhibited at the Courtauld Gallery, London.
“What is worth more, art or life?” “Are you more concerned about protecting a painting or protecting our planet and our people?” one of the protesters started on Friday.
In video footage of him, he hears someone yelling “Oh my God” as soup drips onto the floor on the frame.
This latest action by the group comes after two weeks of protests across the British capital.
“The cost of living crisis comes from fossil fuels, daily living has become unaffordable for millions of families who are freezing and starving, they can’t even afford a can of soup,” said Phoebe Plummer, a 21-year-old activist quoted in a group statement.
“At the same time” “people are dying” from “fires and droughts caused by climate change,” he argued, and “we can’t afford new oil and gas projects.”
(With information from AFP)
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