Big oil is fouling up the arts, but they’ll die without the ...

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Big oil is fouling up the arts, but they’ll die without the likes of BP

Those targeting museums and galleries for their links with the company should picket fuel stations instead, some say

Chris Harvey

Last week, as the British Museum in London opened the doors to its blockbuster new exhibition, Troy: Myth and Reality, at a special evening reception for VIPs, a small band of about 20 activists were waiting inside.

They had entered as ordinary museum goers but when the museum closed to the general public at 5.30pm, five of them took up a position at the doorways into the exhibition, where they were transformed by the others into human statues.

Alongside depictions of Helen of Troy, Achilles, Zeus and Athena, they added a new god, Petroleus. Adorned with a BP logo and an oil-slick robe, he proceeded to drench the other statues in a black, viscous liquid...

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