Climate protesters threw maple syrup at a painting by Emily Carr at Canada’s Vancouver Art Gallery
The frequent attacks on art by climate activists that have made headlines over the past month have tended to be concentrated in Western Europe. This may no longer be the case.
On Saturday afternoon, two women linked to the group Stop Fracking Around threw maple syrup at a painting by Emily Carr at the Vancouver Art Gallery in Canada before sticking themselves to the wall below. They were filmed by a third accomplice.
stumps and sky (1934), a landscape painting, was not permanently damaged by the action, the gallery confirmed. He said he was working with police investigating the incident, but no arrests have been made.
The work has been understood as a lament on the commercial exploitation of ancient forests, offering some resonance with contemporary environmental issues.
“The Vancouver Art Gallery condemns acts of vandalism to works of cultural significance in our custody or in any museum,” museum director Anthony Kiendl said in a statement.
The activist group is calling for an end to the Coastal GasLink pipeline currently under construction in British Columbia, which crosses the traditional and unceded lands of several First Nations peoples, including Wet’suwet’en territory.
“I think any publicity we can get as an organization is worth it because the climate crisis is the most pressing crisis of our time,” said one of the protesters, Emily Kelsall. Radio-Canada News.
The other protester who stuck to the wall is 19-year-old Erin Fletcher. In a statement, she said: “When we exceed 2 degrees Celsius increase in global average temperatures, we are witnessing death and starvation on an unprecedented scale due to inaction on climate change.”
“And the government, instead of acting responsibly, is building fossil fuel infrastructure. They do the exact opposite of what science and ethics say we should do.
Another recent climate action saw two activists from the group Last Generation glue themselves to the base of a dinosaur skeleton at the Museum of Natural History in Vienna. A previous attempt had been intercepted in September.
The escalation in attacks was sparked by an incident where climate activists associated with Just Stop Oil threw tomato soup on Van Gogh Sunflowers at the National Gallery in London on October 14. Since then, works by Monet, Vermeer, Goya, Botticelli and Raphael were also targetedAnd one attempted attack on Munch The Scream was foiled on Friday.
Museums are stepping up their security to try to minimize this growing threat to their collections. Several experts spoke with Artnet News about measures that can be put in place, including bag searches and special training.
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