A man hopped over security barriers in the British Museum and attached surgical masks to the faces of two Chinese terracotta warriors in an attempt to criticize China's response to its pollution problems, a spokeswoman said last week.
Security guards stopped the man and escorted him away after alarms sounded, British Museum spokeswoman Hannah Boulton said. The man was not arrested and the statues were not damaged.
The popular exhibition, which pre-sold 200,000 tickets and raked in more than £2 million (NT$132.7 million) in advance sales alone, includes 19 human figures selected from the more than 7,000 statues discovered in 1974 near the tomb of the emperor Qin Shihuang.
The museum used a novel approach in exhibiting the statues, allowing patrons to get extremely close and stand almost face to face with the commanding, life-size figures of warriors, archers, horses, musicians, acrobats and a charioteer.
"Part of the point of the exhibit is to see the statues up close," Boulton said.
The environmental protester stepped over a knee-high barrier to attach the masks with the word "CO2," or carbon dioxide. The movement near the statue triggered a silent alarm at the museum's security nerve center, but not before the masks were placed on two of the warriors.
Greenpeace and other environmental activists have criticized China for its environmental policies. China recently surpassed the US as the world's largest greenhouse gas emitter, according to a June report by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.
The protester, who has been identified as Martin Wyness, 49, was visiting the exhibit with his two daughters aged seven and 14. Mr Wyness has been banned for life from visiting the British Museum.(Staff writer with AP)
1. terracotta n.
赤陶 (chi4 tao2)
例: I planted my new shrub in a terracotta pot.
2. patron n.
顧客 (gu4 ke4)
例: The landlord asked the patrons to finish up their drinks.
3. surpass v.t.
勝過 (sheng4 guo4)
例: Your test results have surpassed all expectations.
4. emitter n.
散發者 (san4 fa1 zhe3)
例: I live very close to a radio frequency emitter.
Saying that something has raked in money means that it has been very profitable. It is also possible to say that someone has raked in money if a venture that person has organized is successful. For example: "Sam has been raking it in since he started organizing that club night. It's packed every time."
A similar expression is cleaning up. For example: "Sally has really been cleaning up since she started her online auction business."
我們說某事「rake in money」表示它非常有利可圖。我們也可以說某人因為投資事業成它茪j賺一筆。例如：「山姆自從籌畫了俱樂部之夜以後，就一直財源滾滾來。每次都是人擠人的盛況」。
Pete: Did you hear about that stunt that guy pulled off at the British Museum?
Amy: Yeah. I'm in two minds about it. On the one hand there's no denying that China needs to clean up its act ...
Pete: Too right!
Amy: But on the other, people might not be allowed so close to the exhibits in the future, which seems a shame.
Pete: Yes. It's a tricky one.
in two minds about (something)（對某事）猶疑不決
You can say that you are in two minds about something if you haven't made up your mind about how you feel about it, especially if you hold two opposing views.
「in two minds about something」表示你還沒有決定你對某事的立場，尤其可以用在你有兩種對立的看法時。
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