'Activists' Escalate Protests with Box Cutters

March 11 2024

Video: Evening Standard

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A group of 'activists' attacked Philip de László's portrait of Lord Balfour at Trinity College Cambridge last week. In contrast to previous cases, de László's canvas was unglazed and thus defenceless against both the sharpened blades of box cutters and spray paint. These weapons, especially the blades, represent something of a very worrying escalation of acts of violence against works of art. The University published a statement expressing 'Trinity College regrets the damage caused', but despite the video evidence no arrests had been made.*

* - It seems we are now living in an age where acts of vandalism may well have become legalised in the UK. 

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