On Thursday, climate change protesters in Washington, DC vandalized the iconic Edgar Degas sculpture, “Little Dancer.” Protesters said they were bringing attention to the subject of climate change by smearing paint on the monument, which has been outside the National Gallery of Art for nearly 30 years.
The two campaigners were named as Joanna Smith, 53, of New York City, and Tim Martin, 54, of North Carolina. When asked about the state of the climate, Smith responded, “We need our leaders to take serious action, to tell us the truth about what’s happening with the climate.”
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In 1881, Edgar Degas debuted his only public sculpture, “The Little Dancer Aged Fourteen”, which received mixed reviews for its aesthetic appeal. It was a revolutionary work in the development of sculpture because it allowed the artist to employ whatever media necessary to achieve the desired effect; the sculpture represents a student dancer from the Paris Opera Ballet and symbolizes the conflicting demands of art and life.
This past Friday, the National Gallery of Art issued the following statement: