Oil protesters throw tomato soup on Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

On Friday 14 two anti-oil protesters threw cans of tomato soup on Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers still life in the National Gallery. They then proceeded to kneel down with their hands glued to the wall.

@cbsnews Environmental protesters threw tomato soup on Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” painting at the National Gallery in central #London. #news #protest ♬ original sound – cbsnews

Activist Phoebe Plummer made the following statement to the crowd: “What is worth more, art or life? Is it worth more than food? More than justice? 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 oil crisis, fuel is unaffordable to millions of cold, hungry families. They can’t even afford to heat a tin of soup.”

The painting that was attacked in this event
Sunflowers by Van Gogh. Image courtesy of Van Gogh Museum.

The Sunflowers was estimated at £72.5 million, fortunately, the painting did not suffer much damage, as it was protected by an exterior glass cover. The Metropolitan Police said that both protesters have now been arrested for criminal damage and aggravated trespass.

another Just Stop Oil activists blocking Park Lane and spray painting an upmarket car showroom
Image courtesy of Just Stop Oil

Since the beginning of October, members of Just Stop Oil have been causing chaos in London on a daily basis. One Londoner, Frank Sun, complained about these incidents after they blocked roads and stopped vehicles so frequently: “I don’t know why these people are taking this approach to call on the government to stop the extraction of new fossil energy and get people to use less fossil fuels. All I know is that by doing so, they will make more and more people oppose them, I guess. “

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