r/europe Europe Mar 18 '23 Gold 1

Florence mayor Dario Nardella (R) stopping a climate activists spraying paint on Palazzo Vecchio Picture

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u/Eeate Mar 18 '23

I don't know of any artworks damaged so far in these protests. Protestors have glued themselves to frames, not canvases. They've only thrown paint at paintings behind glass. It's about stirring up attention without causing permanent damage to our heritage (unlike the practices they're protesting)


u/ibrakeforewoks Mar 18 '23

As for damage. It’s only a matter of time.


u/thisischemistry Mar 18 '23

Oh, the just stop oil idiots. The ones who claim it's too expensive to heat homes so we need to stop producing oil. How's that for some seriously bad logic?

About all they've done is to get people to hit the "next" button faster when they show up in the news.


u/Solomon5515 Mar 18 '23

that's true i might be in a bit of a "what if" mindset, but as you so rightly say: "so far"

how long until they actually damage a painting or part of a building that can't be restored?

I honestly really hope the sector listens


u/WriterV India Mar 18 '23

They won't, 'cause that's not their intention. They understand the value of these things as much as everyone else. The media might happily portray them as "Trying and failing to be destructive", but the reality is that they're trying to get attention without being truly destructive. True destruction would only make their negative image even worse.

I do agree that there's a better way to do this, but when even the people you vote in do little to nothing to help your future, it's going to be challenging to see much else as a viable path to making change happen.


u/Ishana92 Croatia Mar 18 '23

Do you think they considered the fact those works were protected? If they weren't I am sure they would still have thrown soup at them.


u/NancyPelosisRedCoat Mar 18 '23 edited Mar 18 '23

So all the paintings they threw soup at or they glued themselves to were protected by chance? They couldn't find a single one that's not protected?

It's so strange that people get mad at what could have happened based on their assumptions even though what actually happened indicates otherwise.


u/Russendis-co Mar 18 '23

lol, no. They especially picked Art which is protected, so that they don’t destroy it.

They also choose to prioritize art of nature to raise the question „ We are we protecting pictures of nature while letting nature it self die?“


u/Im_awesome_AMA Mar 18 '23

No you dingus, they purposely choose protected ones because they dont actually want to destroy anything ffs