The strangest factor occurred on the Louvre Museum in Paris on Sunday, Could 29. A local weather activist disguised as a disabled girl in a wheelchair tried to shatter the bulletproof protecting glass of the museum’s most prized portray, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, and when he failed, smeared cake throughout it.
The 36-year-old man, who wore lipstick and a wig, was instantly arrested and positioned in psychiatric care, the museum advised Hyperallergic. No harm was induced to the portray.
Movies of the incident posted on social media present the activist being escorted out of the museum as he proclaimed: “There are people who find themselves destroying the Earth … All artists, take into consideration the Earth. That’s why I did this. Consider the planet.”
Different movies circulating on-line present museum employees cleansing the cake’s white frosting from the glass. The activist additionally threw roses on the ground, in line with eyewitnesses.
In a press release to Hyperallergic, the Louvre confirmed that it has pressed expenses in opposition to the vandal, whose title has not been disclosed. The Paris prosecutor’s workplace mentioned it opened an inquiry into an try to vandalize a cultural work.
“The pâtisserie didn’t hit any a part of the portray, which was not broken in any means,” a spokesperson for the Louvre advised Hyperallergic. “The museum salutes the professionalism of its safety guards who reacted instantly to this incident. It additionally reminds the general public that the safekeeping of nationwide collections is central to its mission.”