Claude Monet painting splashed with mashed potatoes: 'Because people are starving'
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Demonstrators attempted to damage a work of art in protest against fossil fuel mining.
Eco-activists at a museum in the German city of Potsdam pelted $110 million worth of Claude Monet's “Haystacks” painting with mashed potatoes in protest against fossil fuel mining. This was announced by the press service of the eco-organization Letzte Generation (“The Last Generation”) on its Twitter on Sunday, October 23.
The incident occurred this afternoon at the Barberini Museum. Two activists wearing reflective vests entered the facility and threw mashed potatoes at the artwork before sticking their hands to the floor. Whether the painting was damaged as a result of the action is unknown, as it could have been protected by glass.
According to the representative of the organization, this action turned Monet's work “into a stage, and visitors into an audience”.
“If it takes a picture – with thrown mashed potatoes or tomato soup – for society to remember that the fossil fuel policy is killing us all, then you will get mashed potatoes in the picture from us!” says the statement.
The incident follows a series of similar demonstrations organized by activist groups across Europe. Earlier, protesters from the Just Stop Oil movement blocked the famous Abbey Road intersection in London in the same position as The Beatles, blocking traffic. Activists also glued themselves to two busy central London roads – Kingsway and High Holborn – urging the government to stop issuing new fossil fuel licenses.
Note that burning fossil fuels results in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions ) is a greenhouse gas that persists in the atmosphere for centuries and is the largest contributor to global warming. Climate studies have reliably established a close to linear relationship between the amount of global warming and the amount of carbon dioxide CO2 stored in the atmosphere