Climate protesters smash cake on wax figure of King Charles, smear potatoes on Monet


A wax model of King Charles was receiving a chocolate cake on Monday, the latest in a series of activism aimed at boosting climate action.

Two protesters from the British activist group Just Stop Oil smash a cake in the face of a wax model of the king at Madame Tussauds wax museum in London.

“In the words of the king, the science is clear, the demands are simple. Just stop the oil. It’s child’s play,” 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 paint has not been damaged.

Activists, calling on the German government to take drastic action to protect the climate and stop using fossil fuels, approached Monet Millstones at the Barberini Museum in Potsdam and threw a thick substance on the painting and its gilded frame.

The group later confirmed via a post on Twitter that the mixture was mashed potatoes. The two activists, both dressed in high-visibility orange vests, also stuck to the wall below the painting.

“If it takes a chalkboard – with mashed potatoes or tomato soup thrown on it – for society to remember that the fossil fuel course is killing us all: then we’ll give you mashed potatoes. potatoes on a board!” the group posted on Twitter, along with a video of the incident.

A total of four people were involved in the incident, according to German news agency dpa.

The Barberini Museum said that because the painting was encased in glass, there was no damage. The painting, part of Monet’s “Haystacks” series, is due to go on display again on Wednesday.

“While I understand the urgency of activists in the face of climate catastrophe, I am shocked by the ways in which they try to lend weight to their claims,” ​​museum director Ortrud Westheider said in a statement.

Police told dpa they had responded to the incident, but further information on the arrests or charges was not immediately available.

Monet’s painting is the latest artwork from a museum to be targeted by climate activists to draw attention to global warming.

British band Just Stop Oil threw tomato soup at Vincent van Gogh’s house Sunflowers at the National Gallery in London earlier this month.

Just Stop Oil activists also glued themselves to the frame of an early copy of Leonardo da Vinci The last supper at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and at John Constable’s The Hay Wain at the National Gallery.

Climate change activists throw soup at van Gogh painting

Vincent van Gogh’s painting ‘Sunflowers’ suffered minor damage to its frame after two protesters from the group Just Stop Oil threw soup at the painting at the National Gallery in London.