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Climate change protesters glue themselves to a 200-year-old masterpiece

AuthorOscar Holland, CNN

Two climate activists glued to a 200-year-old masterpiece The latest in a series of devastating protests by the British environmental group Just Stop Oil at the National Gallery in London on Monday.

Pair covered John Constable's famous landscape painting "The Hay Wain" with a modified version of the image before attaching his hand to the frame. The

demonstration will take place the day after five Just Stop Oil activistssit at Silverstone Racecourse and interfere with theFormula 1 British Grand Prix. Last week I saw a member of the group glued to a frame of painting in London, Glasgow and Manchester. This includes Vincent van Gogh's famous "Flower Peach Tree".
Activists glued their hands to the frame of "The Hay Wain" after covering it with a mock version of the painting.

Activists covered the frame of "The Hay Wain" with a mock version of the picture and then glued their hands to the frame. Credits:Carlos Jasso / AFP / Getty Images

The Hay Wain, completed in 1821, is the most famous in the UK. It is one of the works of art. This river, which depicts the River Stool, which separates Suffolk and Essex counties in England, is considered one of the typical paintings of Constable.

In a modified version of the protesters, the river was replaced by a paved road, a factory chimney was drawn in the background, and an airplane was flying overhead.

Just Stop Oil, which is asking the British government to block future oil and gas mining permits, has since identified demonstrators as students of Hannah Hunt and Eben Lazaro. did. The Metropolitan Police has confirmed to CNN that the two were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and subsequently released on bail until further investigation.

In a video of the incident on Monday posted on Just Stop Oil's Twitter account, 22-year-old music student Lazaro shows onlookers a "rethought" version of the painting destructive. You can hear saying that the nature of the dependence on oil.

I hear he says, "I want to work in art, not in confusing it." "But the situation we are facing means that we must do everything non-violently possible to prevent the collapse of our rushing civilization."

According to the National Gallery, the painting was taken out of sight after the incident and then investigated by a restorer.

"The Hay Wain suffered minor damage to the frame and some confusion on the surface of the varnish in the painting, both of which are now well handled," the gallery told CNN. Told. In a statement, he added that the painting will be on display again from Tuesday morning.

Just Stop Oil climate activists also glued themselves to a Van Gogh painting at London's Courtauld Gallery last week.

Just Stop Oil's climate activist also glued Van Gogh's paintings at the Courtauld Gallery in London last week. Credits:Kristian Buus / In Pictures / Getty Images

Founded in early 2022, JustStopOil gets some attention. I embarked on a protest. In the last few months. In March, the Premier League soccer match was canceled as the demonstrator tied himself to one of the goal posts.

Last month, four supporters of the group covered the exterior walls and stairs of the British Government's Treasury headquarters with red paint.

In a press release issued by the group on Monday, 23-year-old Hunt said, "The protest ends only when the British government makes a meaningful statement that it will terminate the new oil and gas license. ".

"After all, new fossil fuels are a death project by our government," a psychology student reportedly said.

"Yes, there is glue in the frame of this picture, but blood is flowing in the hands of our government."

In the image above Caption: Stop oil activists sticking to the frame of John Constable's "The Hay Wain" painting at the National Gallery in London.