Climate protesters cling to National Gallery artwork | Just stop the oil

Just Stop Oil supporters have again glued themselves to a major work of art in a major British gallery, a day after they invaded the track at Silverstone and disrupted the British Grand Prix.

Just before 2.30pm, two young campaign supporters broke through a rope barrier keeping the public in London’s National Gallery a safe distance from John Constable’s The Hay Wain.

They covered the 1821 oil painting with a dystopian reimagining of its bucolic scene, before overlapping its ornate gilt frame, prompting staff to clear the room of gathered art lovers, tourists and schoolchildren .

Hannah Hunt, 23, from Brighton, who sat under the painting wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan ‘Just stop oil’, said: ‘I’m here because our government is planning to license 40 new oil and gas projects in the UK in the next few years.

Just Stop Oil protesters cover John Constable’s The Hay Wain with their own photo. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA

“You can forget about our ‘green and pleasant land’ when continued oil extraction leads to widespread crop failures, which means we will fight for food. Ultimately, new fossil fuels are a death project by our government. So yes there is glue on the frame of this painting but there is blood on the hands of our government. »

Eben Lazarus, 22, also from Brighton, said the redesigned version of the painting “illustrates the impact of our reliance on fossil fuels on our campaign”. In Just Stop Oil’s version, the river is replaced by a road, smoke pours from factories on the horizon, and the famous Hay Wain cart is loaded with an old washing machine.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: ‘At approximately 2.25pm ​​on Monday July 4, officers were called to a protest which was taking place inside the National Gallery, WC2 involving two people.

Painting by John Constable from 1821, The Hay Wain.
Painting by John Constable from 1821, The Hay Wain. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA

Just Stop Oil supporters caused disruption in Glasgow, Manchester and London last week by sticking up frames of famous paintings including Van Gogh’s Peach Trees in Blossom, JMW Turner’s Aeolian Harp by Thomson and My Heart’s in the Highlands by Horatio McCulloch.

The National Gallery action came a day after five men and two women were arrested after they invaded the track at Silverstone on the first lap of the British Grand Prix.

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The incident was not shown on F1’s global TV feed, but footage emerged of five people entering the circuit at the Wellington Straight at high speed. They then sat down on the tarmac, according to news agency PA Media.

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