July 5 (UPI) — For the second day in a row, a group of climate activists clung to a painting in a London art museum on Tuesday to protest oil and gas extraction.
Members of the Just Stop Oil organization took part in the protest at the Royal Academy of Art, using superglue to attach to a copy of Leonardo da Vinci The last supper. The painting was not original by the Italian Renaissance master, but was completed by two of his pupils – Giampietrino and Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio.
The protesters, some wearing bright orange “Just Stop Oil” T-shirts, spray-painted “No new oil” on the wall below the painting.
One of the protesters compared the issuing of oil and gas licenses by the British government to the betrayal of Jesus by Judas, the subject of the painting.
“Da Vinci said that art is the queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all generations of the world. Science is still not heard,” said one of the participants, Tristan Strange, in A declaration released after the demonstration.
“We are continually fed comforting lies that downplay the urgency of the climate crisis we face so that fossil fuel interests can continue to reap huge profits while the Global South and our children are doomed to live. into a potential hellhole. I call on all artists to harness every ounce of their creativity to sound the alarm in the hope that this cuts through misinformation. Nothing is more critical at this time.
A representative from the Royal Academy said CNN the four protesters remained in the room with the painting for more than 3 hours before the police removed them. Officials closed the gallery room to the public at the time, and the painting was being assessed for any potential damage.
The group used the same protest technique, sticking to The Hay Wain by John Constable at the National Gallery in London on Monday; at Tomson Aeolian Harp by JMW Turner at the Manchester Art Gallery on Friday; at Peach trees in bloom by Vincent van Gogh at the Courtauld Gallery in London on Thursday; and to My heart is in the Highlands by Horatio McCulloch at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland on Wednesday.
Five protesters also disturbed the British Grand Prix race at Silverstone on Sunday while sitting on the track.