CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Climate protesters in Australia on Wednesday scrawled graffiti and glued themselves to a work by Andy Warhol depicting Campbell’s soup cans, but did not appear to damage the piece as it is enclosed in glass.
This is the latest incident in which climate protesters have targeted an iconic piece of art without causing permanent damage. Other protesters threw soup at Vincent van Gogh’s ‘sunflowers’ in London and mashed potatoes at a painting by Claude Monet in Germany.
A group called Stop Fossil Fuel Subsidies has posted a video on social media showing two women applying blue graffiti to five of Warhol’s 10 serigraphs of Campbell’s soup cans, then sticking to the National Gallery of Australia artwork. in Canberra.
“We are in a climate emergency,” shouts one of the women.
The group said its members highlight the dangers of capitalism by sticking to artwork that depicts “consumerism gone mad”.
“As Australians starve, the government is paying $22,000 a minute to subsidize fossil fuels,” the group wrote on Twitter.
The protest ended quickly and the women were escorted out of the building before the glue had time to set.
The large work of art is called “Campbell’s Soup I” and was created by Warhol in New York in 1968, according to the museum. Protesters targeted the lower set of five engravings which are more easily accessible.
The gallery said in a statement that a protest had taken place following similar incidents elsewhere in Australia and overseas. The gallery said it “does not wish to promote these actions and has no further comment.”
A police spokesman said officers responded to an incident involving two people in the gallery, but at this stage no arrests had been made.