A wax model of King Charles was on a chocolate cake on Monday, the latest demonstration in a chain of activism to spur climate action.
Two protesters with British activist group Just Stop Oil smashed a cake on the face of a wax model of the king at London’s Madame Tussauds wax museum.
“According to the king, the science is clear, the demands are simple. Just stop the oil. It’s a piece of cake,” said activist Tom Johnson.
Just the day before, climate protesters with the group Last Generation threw mashed potatoes at a Claude Monet painting in a German museum to protest fossil fuel extraction.
The image was not damaged.
Activists calling on the German government to take drastic measures to protect the climate and stop using fossil fuels turned to Monet’s Millstones in Potsdam’s Barberini Museum and draped a thick cloth over the painting and its golden frame.
The group later confirmed via a post on Twitter that the mixture was mashed potatoes. The two activists, both wearing orange high-visibility vests, also stuck to the wall below the painting.
“If it takes painting – with mashed potatoes or tomato soup – for society to remember that the course of fossil fuels is killing us all: Then we will give you mashed potatoes for the painting!” the group posted on Twitter along with a video of the incident.
Monet loved nature and captured its fragile beauty in his works.
Why are many more afraid of damaging one of these images than the destruction of our world itself? pic.twitter.com/0Rh1ZS6yjk
According to the German news agency dpa, a total of four people were involved in the incident.
The Barberini Museum said that because the painting was encased in glass, there was no damage. The painting, which is part of Monet’s “Haystacks” series, is expected to go on display again on Wednesday.
“While I understand the urgent concern of activists in the face of climate catastrophe, I am shocked by the means by which they are trying to give weight to their demands,” museum director Ortrud Westheider said in a statement.
Police told DPA they responded to the incident, but no further information about arrests or charges was immediately available.
The Monet painting is the latest artwork in a museum to be targeted by climate activists to draw attention to global warming.
British group Just Stop Oil threw tomato soup at Vincent van Gogh Sunflower at London’s National Gallery earlier this month.
Just Stop Oil activists also stuck to the frame of an early copy of Leonardo da Vinci Last dinner at London’s Royal Academy of Arts and at John Constable’s Hay Wain in the National Gallery.
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