Climate activists throw tomato soup on Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ painting in London | Watch

A famous painting by Vincent van Gogh was defaced with tomato soup by two protesters in London today. The duo have since been arrested.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Oct 14, 2022 19:44 IST

Activists pour tomato soup on Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers at the National Gallery in London (Photo: Instagram/@just.stopoil)

By India Today Web Desk: Two activists protesting against fossil fuel extraction threw tomato soup on Vincent van Gogh’s masterpiece ‘Sunflowers’ at the National Gallery in London on Friday. They then glued themselves to the museum’s wall.

“There was some minor damage to the frame, but the painting is unharmed,” the museum said, adding that “two people have been arrested.”

The activists were part of ‘Just Stop Oil’, a group trying to get the UK government to stop investing in oil and gas. The group also posted a video of the incident on social media.

“Human creativity and brilliance is on show in this gallery, yet our heritage is being destroyed by our Government’s failure to act on the climate and cost of living crisis,” Just Stop Oil said on Instagram. “Why are we protecting these paintings when we are not protecting the millions of lives that will be lost due to climate and societal collapse?”

“What is worth more, art or life? Is it worth more than food? Worth more than justice? Are you more concerned about the protection of the painting, or the protection of our planet and people?” one of the activists said after they glued themselves to the wall.

“The cost of living is part of the cost of the oil crisis,” she said.

“Fuel is unaffordable to millions of cold, hungry families. They can’t even afford to heat a tin of soup. Meanwhile, crops are failing. Millions of people are dying in monsoons, wildfires, and severe droughts. We cannot afford new oil and gas. It is going to take everything we know and love,” she added.

It is still unclear why they targeted the Van Gogh painting in particular.

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