Young supporters of the climate action group Just Stop Oil have launched a series of protests at prestigious art institutions in the UK, gluing themselves to artworks in galleries in London, Manchester and Glasgow as they urge the government to not award new oil and gas licences.
Activists on 29 June struck Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery, where two people glued their hands to the frame around a 19th century landscape by Horatio McCulloch called "My Heart's in the Highlands".
The next day, two campaigners glued themselves to the frame of "Peach Trees in Blossom", a Vincent Van Gogh from 1889 in the Courtauld Gallery in London.
On Friday, 1 July, two Just Stop Oil supporters glued themselves to a J.M.W. Turner landscape from 1809, "Tomson's Aeolian Harp", in the Manchester Art Gallery.
They glued themselves to the frame of the painting which depicts a view overlooking the River Thames from Richmond Hill in south London.
The civil disobedience campaign spilled over into London in the following days, and certainly upped the ante in terms of its targets.
On Monday, 4 July, a pair of demonstrators affixed themselves to the frame of John Constable’s “The Hay Wain” at the National Gallery — perhaps the British landscape painter’s most famous work of art.
The protesters used double-sided sticky tape to cover the painting with a reimagined version of the art work that "carries a nightmare scene that demonstrates how oil will destroy our countryside", as the anti-fossil fuel group put it.
Also on 4 July, five activists sprayed painted the interior of the Royal Academy of Arts on Picadilly and also managed to glue themselves to the frame of a 16th century, full-scale copy of Da Vinci's "The Last Supper," a painting that has been credited to Giampietrino, believed to be one of his pupils.
Just Stop Oil has sought to justify its actions by insisting that the effects of climate change far outweigh the value of the cultural treasures its members are putting at risk.
As one activist said about the Van Gogh: “As a kid I used to love this painting. My dad took me to see it when we visited London. I still love this painting, but I love my friends and family more, I love nature more. I value the future survival of my generation more highly than my public reputation...
"It is immoral for cultural institutions to stand by and watch whilst our society descends into collapse. Galleries should close. Directors of art institutions should be calling on the government to stop all new oil and gas projects immediately.”
Just Stop Oil has staged numerous protests around the UK this year in its stated mission to see the government "immediately halt all future licensing and consents for the exploration, development and production of fossil fuels".