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Two local weather change protesters had been arrested after they glued themselves to the body of a well-known John Constable portray hanging in Britain’s Nationwide Gallery, the central London museum and police stated.
The 2, from the protest group “Just Stop Oil,” stepped over a rope barrier on Monday and lined “The Hay Wain” with giant sheets of paper depicting “an apocalyptic vision of the future” of the panorama. They then every positioned a hand on the body of the oil portray and protested as safety workers ushered out vacationers and a gaggle of schoolchildren.
“The painting was removed from the wall to be examined by our conservation team,” the Nationwide Gallery stated afterward. “‘The Hay Wain’ suffered minor damage to its frame and there was also some disruption to the surface of the varnish on the painting — both of which have now been successfully dealt with.”
The Nationwide Gallery stated the portray was rehung Tuesday.
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“Just Stop Oil,” which needs the federal government to cease giving out licenses for brand spanking new oil and fuel initiatives, stated their model of Constable’s 1821 portray of a rural panorama exhibits “how oil will destroy our countryside.” Their image exhibits air pollution on the horizon and an previous automotive dumped in entrance of the mill within the portray.
The Metropolitan Police stated officers had been known as to a protest contained in the Nationwide Gallery Monday afternoon. It stated two individuals had been arrested.
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The protest got here after “Just Stop Oil” activists focused different artwork galleries within the U.Okay. final week and disrupted the British Grand Prix race on Sunday by sitting down on the monitor throughout a halt within the Formulation One race.
Police stated six individuals had been charged with conspiracy to trigger public nuisance on the race.