Watch as Greenpeace Destroys Historic Artwork to Protest Shell’s Deep Sea Drilling in the Arctic

by Owen James Burke

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William Bradford’s “An Arctic Summer: Boring Through the Pack in Melville Bay”, up in smoke. Screenshot from Greenpeace’s YouTube video, “A Song of Oil, Ice and Fire”.

The imagery is of chaos, doom and gloom, but the message is clear. Shell is now within weeks of beginning their exploits in the Arctic Circle, and as protests like last week’s “kayaktivist” blockade in Seattle take place, Greenpeace hopes this video will help fuel the spirit of resistance.

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Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World, charred. Screenshot from Greenpeace’s YouTube video, “A Song of Oil, Ice and Fire”.

Watch the short clip below, and before you got all hot and bothered, Greenpeace didn’t actually burn these works of art.

Apocalyptic montages by British artist collective Kennard Phillips.

Learn more about drilling in the arctic at, and about the southeast United States’ habitats that are also being threatened by seismic testing, and what you can do to help stop it. -OJB

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