Two climate activists smeared red paint on a Monet painting Wednesday at Stockholm National Museum before gluing their hands to the artwork’s protective glass and shouting at onlookers.
A video released by the organization Aterstall Vatmarker, which means Restore Wetlands, showed a nurse and nursing student smearing paint on The Artist’s Garden in Giverny, by French impressionist Claude Monet.
The activists shouted “the climate situation is acute” and “our health is threatened.”
“The situation is urgent. As a nurse, I refuse to watch,” one of the women, named Emma, said. “The pandemic was nothing compared to the climate collapse. It’s about life or death.”
“People won’t just die from heat stroke. New diseases will spread, and we cannot even imagine the extent of this,” she added.
Police arrested the women for “aggravated vandalism.”