LONDON | Activists from the environmental movement Just Stop Oil glued their hands to the frame of a painting at the Royal Academy in London depicting the Last Supper on Tuesday and dumped paint in the museum to demand an immediate halt to any new oil or gas projects.
The targeted work, attributed to Giampietrino, is a life-size copy of the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci and depicts the biblical scene during which Jesus announces that one of his twelve apostles will betray him.
“When I was teaching, I took my students to big institutions like the Royal Academy. But now it seems unfair to expect them to respect our culture when their government is determined to destroy their future by allowing new oil and gas projects,” said activist and former schoolteacher Lucy Porter, 47. years, quoted in a press release by Just Stop Oil.
Jessica Agar, another 21-year-old activist and art student said, "There is no place for me to pursue my vocation as an artist in a world where I have no future."
This is the fifth time in a week that activists from the organization have carried out an action of this type in a cultural institution. On Monday, they had covered a painting in the National Gallery in London with an image representing a bucolic landscape massacred by fossil fuels.
After Just Stop Oil activists briefly trespassed on the British Formula 1 Grand Prix track at Silverstone, six people were charged on Tuesday, according to local police.