“The installation – based on the wooden horse in the ancient Greek myth of the siege of Troy – was timed to coincide with the museum’s latest exhibition, Troy: Myth and Reality, which is described as “supported by BP”.[British Petroleum] (The Guardian)
“The Troy exhibition has inspired us to create this magnificent beast, because the Trojan horse is the perfect metaphor for BP sponsorship,” said Helen Glynn, an activist with the theatrical protest group BP or not BP?. “On its surface the sponsorship looks like a generous gift, but inside lurks death and destruction.”… “The protest is the latest move in activists’ campaign to end fossil fuel sponsorship of the UK’s leading cultural institutions. In October, the Royal Shakespeare Company ditched its sponsorship deal with BP, after a campaign from artists, environmentalists and members of the public.”
In recent times many polluting fossil fuels companies have engaged in “greenwashing” exercises by sponsoring artistic and charitable activities, as well as giving money to some environmental causes. These attempts to blur the boundaries between the polluting and the environmental sectors respond obviously to economic causes and the disregard for the health of the planet and the population in the name of profit.
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