From Milan to Paris, environmental activists are attacking works of art. This Friday in the French capital, they sprayed paint on a sculpture by Charles Ray, a major figure in contemporary American sculpture. The environmental movement “Last renovation”, whose activists have been mobilizing for several weeks in France by blocking roads, interrupting shows or matches, claimed responsibility for this action on Twitter.
The sculpture “Horse and Rider”, representing a man on horseback and located on the forecourt of the Bourse du commerce in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, was sprayed with orange paint.
“Art and ecology are not mutually exclusive. On the contrary, they are common causes! “, she added. “Eco-vandalism is going up a notch”, was indignant on Twitter the Minister of Culture Rima Abdel Malak, who went there to inspect the sculpture, thanking the “restorers who intervened quickly” .
“Last renovation” is part of the A22 Network, present in 11 Western countries and multiplying shock actions for several weeks to denounce climate inaction and demand strong action from governments.