A man apparently dressed up as an old woman in a wheelchair threw a piece of cake at the Mona Lisa’s glass at the Louvre Museum, and yelled at people to think about planet Earth.
The prosecutor’s office in Paris said on Monday that the man, 36, was arrested after the incident on Sunday and sent to a police psychiatric unit and that it had launched an investigation into the damage done to cultural objects.
Social media footage shows a young man in a wig and lipstick in a wheelchair. The man, whose identity or affiliations are unknown, was also seen tossing roses into the gallery of the museum to relax the chewed guests.
The attack left a creamy white stain visible on the glass, but the famous work of Leonardo Da Vinci has not been damaged.
Security guards were filmed escorting the activist in a wig as he called the visitors surprised in the gallery: “Think of the Earth. There are people trying to destroy the Earth. Consider it. Artists tell you: think of the Earth. That’s the reason I did this.
Guards were then filmed cleaning the smeared cream from the glass. A Louvre statement confirmed the attack on the artwork involving a patisserie.