Climate activists fail to glue themselves to ‘The Scream’ painting in Norway: ‘I scream for people dying’
Climate activists in Norway attempted to glue themselves to Edvard Munch’s 1893 “The Scream” painting at a museum in Oslo on Friday.
Police in Norway said that two people tried to glue themselves to the famed painting while a third person filmed them. “The Scream” was in a glass-protected frame, preventing any damage from being done.
While the painting was left unharmed, glue residue could be seen on the glass mount.
Video of the individuals attempting to glue themselves to the glass frame shows one person shouting “I scream for people dying.”
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“I scream when lawmakers ignore science,” another person screamed.
The individuals are from the Norwegian group “Stopp oljeletinga,” which stands for Stop Oil Exploration, and said they “wanted to pressure lawmakers into stopping oil exploration.”
This isn’t the first time climate activists have attempted to glue their hands to paintings.
On Nov. 5, climate activists in Spain went to Madrid’s Prado museum and attempted to glue their hands to several paintings by Francisco de Goya.
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The activists glued their hands to the paintings and painted “+1.5 C” on the museum’s wall.
In a statement, the museum said the paintings weren’t damaged and condemned the activity.
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“We condemn the use of the museum as a place to make a political protest of any kind,” the statement read.
On Oct. 23, activists from Letzte Generation (Last Generation) hurled mashed potatoes at a $110 million Monet painting which was in a Potsdam museum.
The group said that they threw mashed potatoes at the painting to raise awareness about the dangers of fossil fuels.
“We make this #Monet the state and the public the audience,” the group tweeted. “If it takes a painting – with #MashedPotatoes or #TomatoSoup thrown at it – to make society remember that the fossil fuel course is killing us all: Then we’ll give you #MashedPotatoes on a painting!”
Sally Hickson, who is an art historian at the University of Guelph in Canada, previously told Fox News Digital that she questions if the activism will really change minds.
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“Does it convince people? It’s very hard to convince people when people are blind to what is happening around the planet. I don’t know that it would convince any of those people,” Hickson said. “I mean, I just think we live right now in a period of time when people have very entrenched ideas about things.
The Associated Press and Fox News’ Julia Musto and Bradford Betz contributed to this report.