Vancouver police identify suspects who poured maple syrup on Emily Carr’s painting

Vancouver police say they have identified the suspects who threw maple syrup at an Emily Carr painting and stuck to a wall in the Vancouver Art Gallery over the weekend.

sergeant. Steve Addison says an investigation is underway and officers will speak to witnesses, review security video and assess the cost of damage.

The Vancouver Art Gallery says in a statement that Carr’s « Stumps and Sky » painting suffered no permanent damage.

It quotes director and CEO Anthony Kiendl as saying that the gallery « condemns acts of vandalism » towards works of cultural significance in its custody or in any museum.

Kiendl says the gallery supports freedom of expression, but not at the expense of suppressing the ideas and artistic expression of others, or preventing people from accessing those ideas.

Don Marshall, spokesman for the environmental group Stop Fracking Around, said the protest was meant to draw public attention to the climate emergency.

Addison says once police are done collecting evidence, they will move on to the Crown prosecutor for review and approval of charges.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on November 14, 2022.


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