Climate protesters glued themselves to a 200-year-old John Constable masterpiece at London’s National Gallery on Monday.
A pair of climate activists from Just Stop Oil covered John Constable’s famous landscape portrait “The Hay Wain” with a modified version of the painting before stepping over the rope barrier and gluing their hands to its frame.
Just Stop Oil has identified the climate protesters as Hannah Hunt, 23, and Eben Lazarus, both from Brighton.
London’s Metropolitan Police arrested Hunt and Lazarus on suspicion of criminal damage, but they were released on bail.
London’s National Gallery’s conservation team removed the painting from the wall after discovering minor damage to its frame, along with “disruption to the surface of the varnish on the painting”, but it had been dealt with and is now back on display.
Just Stop Oil members also glued themselves to the frames of paintings in London, Glasgow, and Manchester, including Vincent van Gogh’s famous “Peach Trees in Blossom” since last Thursday.
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