Van Gogh’s Sunflowers Ruined By Protesters
Written by Pheodora Waqanibaravi on October 17, 2022
Two anti-fossil fuel protesters who were filmed throwing tomato soup on Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” in a London gallery Friday have been charged with criminal damage offenses. The two young women from the campaign group Just Stop Oil threw the contents of two tins of Heinz tomato soup over the painting, which, the group said, has an estimated value of $84.2 million. They then glued themselves to the wall beneath the painting at the National Gallery. This incident is the latest in a series of protests targeting famous works of art in a bid to draw attention to the role of fossil fuels in climate change.