On October 14, 2022, at the National Gallery in London, England, protesters for “Just Stop Oil” glue their hands to the wall after pouring soup at a van Gogh artwork called “Sunflowers.”
According to many media sites, the climate activists who on Saturday spilled soup over Vincent Van Gogh’s well-known “Sunflowers” painting were arrested on allegations of criminal mischief.
During two brief appearances in the Westminster Magistrates’ Court, the two ladies were demonstrating as a part of the campaign organization Just Stop Oil, and they pleaded not guilty.
The protestors Friday attached themselves to the museum wall with glue after throwing two cans of tomato soup on the Van Gogh oil painting. The London Metropolitan Police stated that experts removed them and took them into prison.
One of the most famous renditions of “Sunflowers” by Vincent van Gogh from the late 1880s was not harmed, according to a National Gallery representative. It is worth an estimated $80.99 million.
The picture is undamaged, the representative informed CNBC, but there is some minor frame damage. Glass had been placed over the artwork, which was cleaned and delivered back to the National Gallery on Friday afternoon.
In a press release, Just Stop Oil stated that its demonstrations in London over the previous two weeks were “in response to the government’s inactivity on both the cost of living problem and the climate crisis.”
“What is more valuable, life or art? Is it more valuable than food? More valuable than the law? Are the preservation of a painting more important to you than the preservation of our world and its inhabitants? Activist quotes from an event video.
Following the rally, Just Stop Oil was widely criticized by environmental organizations and politicians from the opposing Labour Party.