Is Van Gogh’s Sunflowers painting protected by glass? Tomato soup thrown over masterpiece
‘Just stop oil’ strikes again, this time throwing tomato soup over a Van Gogh masterpiece in London’s National Gallery.
In a desperate cry for attention, two girls walked into the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, London, and threw tomato soup over Van Gogh’s Sunflowers masterpiece.
The famous 1888 painting has an estimated value of £72.5m, which is $81,552 m.
Wearing shirts that read ‘just stop oil,’ the girls then appeared to glue one hand each to the wall below the painting, before one shouted: “What is worth more? Art or life?
“Is it worth more than food? Worth more than justice?”
The girls represent an environmental protest group that has engaged in high profile demonstrations since launching in February. Today is their 14th day of demonstrations, demanding the government stop all new oil and gas licences.
The protester continued, “are you more concerned about the protection of a painting? Or the protection of our planet and people? The cost of living crisis is part of the cost of the oil crisis. Fuel is unaffordable to millions of cold hungry families. They can’t even afford to heat a tin of soup,” she added, reportedly waving a tin.
Surprise and exclamation comments like “oh my gosh!” and “security” were reportedly heard from the public as the soup hit the painting.
The good news is that the painting is protected by a glass screen, and the gallery announced shortly after this incident that only the frame had been mildly damaged.
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