Climate activists destroy Emily Carr’s 1934 maple syrup painting in Vancouver

Two women claiming to be climate activists allegedly vandalized Emily Carr’s painting “Stumps and Sky” at the Vancouver Art Gallery on November 12 and issued a press release. twitter Said it was to demand the termination of the coastal GasLink pipeline in northern BC

Erin Fletcher, 19, and Emily Kelsall of the group Stop Fracking Around were caught on video throwing. Maple syrup It’s like gluing your hand to a gallery wall on a glazed 1934 painting.

Action has been taken.”We hope to draw attention to drilling below the Wedzin Kwa River at Wet’suwet’en in northern BC Canada.” ‘We are in a climate emergency’ press release state.

vancouver police Said Investigation is in progress.

Vancouver Art Gallery says: news release “There is no permanent damage to the artwork.‘ But it ‘condemns this act’.

Don Marshall, a spokesperson for the activist group, said: Said The Globe and Mail that the group mimicked European climate change protesters targeting various high-profile works of art.

The best known is Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in Paris.A person wearing a wig and pretending to need a wheelchair as a ploy to gain access to the work threw the cake In a painting protected by bulletproof glass in the Louvre on May 29.


November 11th, two climate activists reportedly I tried to paste myself into Edvard Munch’s 1893 painting The Scream in the Norwegian National Museum in Oslo. The painting was protected by glass, but vandalism left glue residue on the glass. As a result of the incident, the museum closed the room where the painting was displayed.

The Norwegians of Stopp oljeletinga, or Stop Oil Exploration, claimed responsibility for the stunt, saying it was “to pressure parliamentarians to stop oil exploration.”

Spokeswoman Astrid Lem Said Associated Press: “There have been many similar actions across Europe. They have achieved something that no other action has achieved. They have achieved so much coverage and coverage.”

Jointly published by the International Museum Community (ICOM) statement About 100 museum directors signed on November 9 and said: The activists responsible for them severely underestimate the fragility of these irreplaceable objects that must be preserved as part of the world’s cultural heritage. “

Signatories include the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Louvre and Orsay Museum in Paris, the Prado Museum in Madrid, the British Museum and National Gallery in London, and the Berlinish Gallery in Berlin.

Association of Museum Directors based in the United States murmured About the increasing attacks of activists against precious art.

“Attacking a work of art, whether motivated politically, religiously or culturally, cannot be justified.” The ends do not justify the means.”

On October 27th, a man apparently tried to glue his head to a painting of “Girl with a Pearl Earring” by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer at the Mauritshuis in The Hague, Netherlands. Two Belgian protesters who wore just turn off the oil T-shirt in the incident, was both declared Up to two months in prison, according to ARTnews.

On October 23, protesters Threw The Associated Press reported that at the Barberini Museum in Potsdam, Germany, a glass-enclosed Claude Monet painting was mashed up with mashed potatoes and glued to the wall to protest fossil fuels.

Two British protesters for Just Stop Oil threw tomato soup According to the AP, on October 14, the painting of Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” in the National Gallery in London stuck to the wall. There were no scratches on the glass painting.

apparently the same group attacked The Daily Mail reported that Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” was held at the Royal Academy of Arts in London in July.

Marnie Cathcart


Marnie Cathcart is a reporter based in Edmonton.