Slime poured over a replica Egyptian mummy at a museum in Barcelona, while maple syrup was thrown at Emily Carr’s painting in Vancouver.
Over the last weekend, Futuro Vegetal – a Spanish climate activist group – targeted a mummy replica at the Egyptian museum in Barcelona, Spain. The activists poured a red-brown slime over the glass case that contained the mummy replica.
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According to the group, the protest was staged against Coca-Cola’s sponsorship of the COP27 climate summit. Coca-Cola, the largest beverage company in the world, is also infamous as the largest plastics polluter. To protest Coke’s sponsorship, the activists brought the slime in Coke bottles and also a banner with the brand’s logo and a message deriding it. In a Twitter post, Futuro Vegetal wrote:
“We will no longer stand that governments wash their reputations at climate summits, deceiving their constituents without taking real measures. While the UN foresees a rise of 2.5 degrees Celsius, our political leaders sit together for the 27th time, at a table paid for by Coca-Cola, an ecocidal corporation.”
On the other hand, two climate activists threw maple syrup at the Emily Carr Stumps and Sky (1943) painting at the Vancouver Art Gallery, as well as glued their hands to the wall. The activists identified themselves as members of the group Stop Fracking Around. Reportedly, the protestors wanted to draw attention to the construction of the Coastal GasLink Pipeline.
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The museum, while noting that no permanent damage occurred, denounced the act nonetheless, saying “The Vancouver Art Gallery condemns acts of vandalism towards the works of cultural significance in our care, or in any museum.” While no arrests have been made, the Vancouver police are looking into the matter.