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Two climate activists glued themselves to the bottom of a famous sculpture at Vatican Museums on Thursday. Photo courtsy of Alessandro Pugliese/Last Generation
Aug. 20 (UPI) — Two climate activists glued themselves to the bottom of a famous sculpture at Vatican Museums on Thursday.
The demonstrators glued themselves to the ancient Roman sculpture “Laocon and His Sons” housed at the Vatican, the activist group Last Generation said in a statement.
It had been not immediately clear if the protesters were arrested and their identities haven’t been revealed.
Last Generation said the activists glued themselves to the sculpture around 10: 30 a.m. Thursday, prompting Vatican Museums to evacuate the portion of the museum and seized seize cell phones from “people within support of the activists.”
“I’m 26 yrs . old and also have a master’s degree ever sold of the Arts. I thought that, by the end of my university career, I’d look for a job in my own field and I’d have a well balanced and peaceful future,” among the activists said in a statement.
“I never wished to expose myself up to now, interrupting the quiet of a museum and gluing myself to the bottom of a work, but you can find hardly any options left to be heard by the institutions.”
Photos and videos shared by Last Generation showed the activists glued to the sculpture.
Based on the Vatican Museums website, the sculpture was within 1506 on the Esquiline Hill in Rome and immediately defined as the Laocon described by Pliny the Elder as a masterpiece of the sculptors of Rhodes.
“Our requests. You can find two, they’re simple and allows us to have a first rung on the ladder to combat climate change: immediately stop the reopening of disused coal plants and cancel the project of new drilling for the study and extraction of gas,” Last Generation said.
“Increase solar and wind energy by at the very least 20GW this season and create a large number of new jobs in renewable energy, helping fossil workers to get employment in more sustainable jobs.”