Climate protesters threw soup over Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers in London’s National Gallery on Friday to protest fossil gasoline extraction.
The group Just Stop Oil, which desires the British authorities to halt new oil and gasoline tasks, mentioned activists dumped two cans of Heinz tomato soup over the oil portray, one of many Dutch artist’s most iconic works.
London’s Metropolitan Police mentioned officers arrested two folks on suspicion of felony harm and aggravated trespass.
The group has drawn consideration, and criticism, for focusing on artworks in museums. In July, Just Stop Oil activists glued themselves to the body of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, and to John Constable’s The Hay Wain in the National Gallery.
Activists have additionally blocked bridges and intersections throughout London throughout two weeks of protests.
The wave of demonstrations comes because the British authorities opens a brand new licensing spherical for North Sea oil and gasoline exploration, regardless of criticism from environmentalists and scientists who say the transfer undermines the nation’s dedication to preventing local weather change.