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Climate Activists Turn Heads with Latest Stunts on Famous Artwork

Climate activists are garnering attention with demonstrations over the past several months that target famous pieces of art ranging from Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” ​​to Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa.”

Claude Monet’s “Grainstacks” was one of the latest targets in a German museum on Sunday. Protesters threw mashed potatoes at the painting, which sold for nearly $111 million at a 2019 auction. The two protesters then glued themselves to the wall with one shouting in German that the world is in a “climate catastrophe, and all you’re afraid of is tomato soup or mashed potatoes on a painting.”

The painting was not damaged, according to the museum.

“Since the picture is glazed, the immediate conservation investigation showed that it was not damaged in any way,” the museum tweeted, It added that the painting will be back up on display on Wednesday.

Last Generation, a climate change advocacy group, took responsibility for the stunt.

“The painting was not damaged in the action,” the group wrote in a blog post. “Quite in contrast to the immeasurable suffering that floods, storms and droughts are already bringing upon us today as harbingers of the impending catastrophe.”

The move comes just days after a similar stunt left van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” ​​covered in tomato soup. The National Gallery in London said that the painting was not damaged.

The protesters were from the group Just Stop Oil, which told The New York Times that more demonstrations were planned.

And they delivered on that promise.

On Monday, members of the group also covered a Madame Tussauds wax model of King Charles III with chocolate cake. The group said that the pair was “demanding that the Government halts all new oil and gas licenses and consents.”

And the stunts have been going on for months. In May, a climate activist smeared cake on da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” at the Louvre Museum in Paris, saying that “there are people who are in the process of destroying the Earth.”

The actions are just the latest in a string of attention-grabbing stunts that climate activists hope will propel the topic of climate change front and center.



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