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Climate change activists splatter mashed potatoes at $110 Million Monet painting

(POTSDAM, GERMANY) — A pair of climate change activists were arrested after splattering mashed potatoes at a $110 million Claude Monet painting.

The painting, “Grainstacks”, currently held at the Barberini Museum in Potsdam, sustained no extreme damage as it was displayed and protected by a glass barrier.

Police are reportedly investigating the activists for trespassing and property damage. The Monet painting is set to be displayed again on Wednesday, the museum said in a statement.

In the video, which had gone viral, the duo throws mashed potatoes at the painting, and seemingly glue their hands to the wall.

“People are starving, people are freezing, people are dying,” says a female protestor. “We are in a climate catastrophe! And all you are afraid of is tomato soup or mashed potatoes on a painting. You know what I’m afraid of? I’m afraid because science tells us that we won’t be able to feed our families in 2050.”

“Does it take mashed potatoes on a painting to make you listen? This painting is not going to be worth anything if we have to fight over food. When will you finally start to listen?”

Last Generation, a German climate organization uploaded the video onto Twitter, along with a statement claiming responsibility for the protestors’ actions.

“We make this #Monet the stage and the public audience,” the tweet read. “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!”

The mushy act was carried out in similar fashion as an earlier stunt at London’s National Gallery, in which two climate activists hurled tomato soup at the notorious Vincent van Gogh painting ‘Sunflowers’ last sold for $40 million.

The protestors were arrested and charged with criminal damage and aggravated trespassing. The painting was also protected by a glass barrier, and sustained no damage.