Just Stop Oil Activists Throw Van Gogh Sunflower Soup

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etradefactory.comJust Stop Oil activists threw tomato soup on Vincent van Gogh’s sunflowers at the National Gallery in London. There were gasps, roars and a cry of “Oh my God!” in room 43 of the gallery, when two young supporters of the climate protest group spilled the liquid on the painting protected by glass just after 11am. They took off their jackets to reveal Just Stop Oil t-shirts before sticking to the wall under the artwork, which is one of the gallery’s main treasures. “Which is worth more, art or life?” asked one of the activists, Phoebe Plummer, 21, from London. She was accompanied by Anna Holland, 20, from Newcastle. “Is it worth more than the food?” More than fair? Are you more concerned about protecting a painting or protecting our planet and our people? “The cost of living is part of the cost of the oil crisis, fuel is inaccessible to millions of cold and hungry families. They can’t even afford to heat a can of soup.”

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[catlist id=100371 numberposts=5] The National Gallery staff quickly cleared the room. The gallery has since confirmed that the painting was undamaged, stating in a statement that after protesters threw “what appears to be tomato soup” on the painting, “the room was cleared of visitors and police called. The agents are now on the spot. The frame has minor damage, but the painting is unharmed. ” For the past two weeks the group has staged sit-ins on the streets of central London, enraging drivers and commuters, but Friday’s action appeared to be an escalation of their tactics. The protest drew mixed reactions and a lot of anger. Sophie Wright, 43, from Surrey, initially condemned the action but changed her mind after learning the painting was unlikely to be permanently damaged. “I support the cause and by the looks of it they are considered protests, with a purpose of raising awareness and shocking [people],” she said. “So long as they don’t hurt people or put people in danger, then I support them.” But a witness who declined to be named said he could understand their cause but was concerned about aiming for “a beautiful work of art that is the best of humanity”. He added: “They might try to get people to think about the issues, but all they end up doing is really pissing people off and making them angry. “The typical unthinking individual who doesn’t think about the big issues of the planet is not the kind of person who walks around the National Gallery.” Dragging people away from their cause is a problem, said Just Stop Oil spokesman Alex De Koning, who spoke to the Guardian after space outside the gallery was cleared. “But it’s not The X Factor,” he added. “We’re not trying to make friends here, we’re trying to change things and unfortunately that’s how it goes.” The activists were later arrested by Met officers for vandalism and aggravated trespassing and taken into custody at a central London police station. The painting’s canvas is protected by glass, a factor Just Stop Oil says it took into account. The image is one of the most famous images in the world, painted by Van Gogh while he was living in southern France. The picture, like so many other works by the Dutch artist, celebrates the beauty of ordinary everyday objects – a flower, a chair, a shoe. In 1987, one of the series sold for $39 million.
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