LONDON (AP) — Local weather protesters threw soup over Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” in London’s Nationwide Gallery on Friday to protest fossil gas extraction.
The group Simply Cease Oil which needs the British authorities to halt new oil and fuel initiatives, 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 individuals on suspicion of legal injury and aggravated trespass.
The group has drawn consideration, and criticism, for concentrating on artworks in museums. In July, Simply Cease Oil activists glued themselves to the body of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Final Supper” at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, and to John Constable’s “The Hay Wain” within the Nationwide 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 fuel exploration, regardless of criticism from environmentalists and scientists who say the transfer undermines the nation’s dedication to combating local weather change.