Italian eco-zealots glue their hands to Botticelli’s masterpiece Primavera at a Florence art gallery in the latest climate change stunt inspired by Just Stop Oil vandals.
Three environmental activists attached themselves to the glass cover of the iconic Renaissance painting in the Uffizi Gallery’s Sala Botticelli in Italy at 10:30am on Friday.
The protest was led by an unnamed man and two women – from the climate activist group Ultima Generazione “Last Generation” – who unfurled a banner in front of them that read “Last Generation No Gas No Coal”.
Italian eco-fanatics glue their hands to Botticelli’s masterpiece Primavera at a Florence art gallery in the latest climate change stunt inspired by Just Stop Oil vandals
Three environmental activists attached themselves to the glass cover of the iconic Renaissance painting in the Uffizi Gallery’s Sala Botticelli in Italy at 10:30am this morning
Fortunately, the iconic work of art was not damaged due to the “special protection measures”.
The activists, who had paid for tickets to enter the gallery, were removed from the gallery by police, according to Italian news agency Ansa.
Fortunately, the artwork was not damaged due to the “special protection”.
A statement from the gallery said: “Had it not been for the special protection that the museum management would have decided a few years ago for the museum’s most important masterpieces, we would have had a significant damage to the work today, as has happened in other museums recently .’
However, the group has released a statement on its website, explaining that they make sure they take “great care” and inspect artworks to avoid causing harm.
They wrote: “We have taken great care not to damage Botticelli’s Primavera. Neither the frame nor the glass protecting the canvas has been put at risk.
The protest was carried out by an unnamed man and two women – from the climate activist group Ultima Generazione “Last Generation” – who unfurled a banner in front of them that read “Last Generation No Gas No Coal”.
“To be on the safe side, we consulted restorers who advised us to use an adhesive suitable for the glass and frame. It’s important for us to value art instead of damaging it like our governments do to the only planet we have.’
The protest comes after Just Stop Oil activists sparked fury earlier this month when they staged a protest at the National Gallery by covering John Constable’s The Hay Wain with their own version featuring double yellow lines, pollution and a washing machine.
Two students who are eco-protesters covered the world-famous painting in London with a mock “undated” version, including an airplane, before taped their hands to the frame on July 4 in protest at Britain’s oil and gas projects.
The group said their reimagined version of the priceless 1821 work, which depicts a rural scene by the River Stour in Suffolk, depicts a “nightmare scene showing how oil will destroy our countryside”.
Art historians and pundits have all expressed concerns that the vandals, two University of Brighton students who have previously appeared at Just Stop Oil protests, may have done irreparable damage to the 19th-century masterpiece.
Just Stop Oil protesters cover John Constable’s The Hay Wain at the National Gallery in London earlier this month
Just Stop Oil protesters tape their hands to the frame of John Constable’s The Hay Wain July 4 at the National Gallery
Just Stop Oil protesters cover John Constable’s The Hay Wain at the National Gallery in London
The National Gallery later released a statement clarifying that the hay wagon suffered minor damage to the painting’s frame and varnish, both of which were treated before it was rehung in Gallery Room 34.
dr Adrian Hilton, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, previously said: “How is that even possible in the National Gallery? I mean it’s a masterpiece by John Constable; a national treasure. Is it really that easy to tape it over or, God forbid, destroy it?’
Just Stop Oil activists have been staging similar protests at art galleries in Glasgow, Manchester and London over the past month – while the group blocked a motorway and caused nine hours of traffic chaos on the M25 on Wednesday.
Three eco-activists accused of causing nine hours of traffic chaos by climbing the bridge over the M25 are on trial after pleading not guilty.
Cressida Gethin, 20, Alexander Wilcox, 21, and Emma Mani, 45, are accused of causing public disturbance after a Just Stop Oil demonstration on Wednesday morning.
They are accused of forcing the highway to be closed in both directions by climbing scaffolding and unfurling banners.
They pleaded not guilty in Ealing Magistrates’ Court in west London on Friday.
Specialist police climbers lower a protester via a winch operated by climate campaign group Just Stop Oil after scaling a motorway portal above the M25
The protester is led away by officers after three different parts of the M25 suffered chaos with closures and huge traffic congestion on Wednesday
The defendants allegedly clamped down at Junctions 14 and 15 on the south-west side in Surrey. The 117-mile M25 circles London.
Gethin from Dorstone, Herefordshire; Wilcox of South Fifth Street, Milton Keynes; and Mani, of High Street, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, released on bail.
They will next perform at Inner London Crown Court on August 19.
“Police were informed that the protesters were planning to disrupt the M25 and that is why the police arrived at the scene,” said Beata Murphy, a prosecutor at Ealing Magistrates’ Court.
“The decision was made to stop traffic on the street because it was just too dangerous and protesters kept walking across the bridge.
“There were long traffic jams in both directions. Several flights were grounded at Heathrow Airport due to staff being unable to come to work.’
The court was told a total of 26 flights were delayed because of the Just Stop Oil demonstration at Poyle Interchange, causing “incredible loss to the airlines”.
Ms Murphy added: “Protesters had fastened their seat belts for safety and were stuck at the portal.
“Once the police were at the top of the portal, the protesters went limp and didn’t want to comply and put themselves and the officers in danger.”
A police van waits while protesters from the climate campaign group Just Stop Oil climbed motorway bridges on the M25 between Junction 14 and Junction 15, closing both carriageways
Mani’s defense attorney, Mr John Briant, said: “This is a complex case with multiple testimonies and witnesses.
“I expect the legal arguments to be complex and it is perfectly appropriate to be tried in the Crown Court.
“There will be arguments about Articles 10 and 11 in relation to human rights.
“There will be legal battles over whether the action constituted a public nuisance. If it was a public nuisance, there was a reasonable excuse.’
He added: “There will be arguments about recklessness and arguments about the police and how they have reacted and whether it is proportionate to prosecute them.”
The case was referred to the Crown Court because of its “unusual legal complexity”.
In a statement released just before the demonstrations, Just Stop Oil said it was “declaring the M25 a site of civilian resistance” this week.