This happened earlier this morning, and the vandalizers also glued themselves to the wall underneath the $85 million painting, which was created in 1889.
A spokeswoman from Scotland Yard said:
“Specialist officers have un-glued them (the women) and they have been taken into custody to a central London police station.
There is some minor damage to the frame (of the artwork), but the painting is unharmed.”
Holland and Plummer are members of Just Stop Oil, a group that protests against the UK government’s use of fossil fuels.
In the follow up video you can hear her plead her cause:
“Is art worth more than life? More than food? More than justice?”
“What is worth more, art or life? … are you more concerned about the protection of a painting or the protection of our planet and people?”@JustStop_Oil’s activists explain their action pic.twitter.com/mGNZIO6RbK
I kinda find it funny that she said “more than food?,” when she used food to try and damage the artwork, and it could’ve gone to a cause where somebody might actually need the soup, but hey, you do you.
Plummer added that they chose soup because Brits won’t even be able to heat up food this winter due to the high cost of living:
“The cost of living crisis is driven by fossil fuels. Everyday life has become unaffordable for millions of cold hungry families– they can’t even afford to heat a tin of soup.
Meanwhile, cops are failing and people are dying in supercharged monsoons, massive wildfires, and endless droughts caused by climate breakdown.”
Holland also added:
“UK families will be forced to choose between heating or eating this winter, as fossil fuel companies reap record profits.
But the cost of oil and gas isn’t limited to our bills. Somalia is now facing an apocalyptic famine, caused by drought and fueled by the climate crisis. Millions are being forced to move and tens of thousands face starvation. This is the future we choose for ourselves if we push for new oil and gas.”
So… you’re saying nobody will be able to heat their homes this winter… but want fossil fuels to go away? I’m confused…
It’s uncertain how the laws in the UK will punish the two, but I’m guessing they’re gonna suffer some serious repercussions for their actions.
Luckily (perhaps obviously), the painting is protected by an expensive glass layer so it’s gonna take a little more than soup to destroy this priceless piece of art… that has nothing to do with fossil fuels.