A group of environmental activists are recovering in the hospital today after spending nearly two weeks glued to a sculpture without access to food and water.
Members of Earth’s Best Friend were rushed to the emergency room suffering from dehydration when it was discovered that they were not actually part of an art installation at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C.
After gluing themselves to an exhibit entitled Bedtime For Capitalism, protesters set about imploring patrons to question whether wealth was more important than the planet and people.
“I just thought it was part of the installation,” said Arthur Whitfield, a security guard for the museum. “I mean, they were quite convincing. They poured motor oil over each other and stuck dollar bills to themselves. Museum goers were literally taking out their wallets and sticking bills onto the protesters.”
According to statements from witnesses, even days later when protesters began to beg for help, saying they were dying, instead of offering aid, patrons merely commented on how powerful the exhibit was.
“People were in tears,” said Whitfield. “That’s how moving the piece had become for them.”
Apparently, it wasn’t until museum officials contacted Bedtime For Capitalism’s creator to notify her of all the acclaim the piece was receiving that officials learned the protesters were not actually part of the exhibit.
However, contract negotiations are currently underway between the artist and protesters for a satisfactory sum to get the kids back on their feet and back into the exhibit.