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.
In a video recording, the two women from the group Just Stop Oil threw the contents of two tins of Heinz tomato soup over the painting, which has an estimated value of $84.2 million. They then glued themselves to the wall beneath the painting at the National Gallery. Meanwhile, a third associate was also charged over a separate attack on the iconic “New Scotland Yard” sign that stands outside London’s main police headquarters.
After the incident, the gallery gave an update on Twitter, writing, “There is some minor damage to the frame but the painting is unharmed,” it said. In a subsequent tweet, the gallery explained that the painting was glazed and therefore protected.
A total of 28 arrests were made in relation to protests in central London on Friday by the same environmental group. The 25 other people have been bailed pending further inquiries, according to the statement.