The elusive street artist who’s no stranger to covering his identity is back with new coronavirus-themed artwork. In support of facial coverings, Banksy has just shared a video on Instagram to his 9.6 million followers.
Titled “London Underground Undergoes Deep Clean,” the footage shows a person dressed up as cleaning staff spray-painting Banksy’s signature rats. The artwork covers the inside walls of a Circle line Tube train and features little gnawers coughing across the train, using masks as parachutes, and carrying sanitizer. And if it wasn’t enough, the gooey nasal excretion painted in light green is seen splattered all over the place, showing the ugly side of the virus.
This is not the first time Banksy has delivered a powerful message during the recent pandemic. Previously, he honored healthcare workers in a piece titled “Painting for Saints,” which depicts a boy playing with a nurse doll. A month prior to this, Banksy got everyone talking with a piece showing rats wreaking havoc in a bathroom during lockdown.
Banksy has just shared a video featuring a man spray-painting the London Tube with coughing rats
As the UK government has announced that face coverings will be compulsory in shops across England from the 24th of July, Banksy unveiled his new work captioned “If you don’t mask – you don’t get.” However, much to the disappointment of his fans, Transport for London (TfL) has decided to remove the artwork.
The viral excretion is seen splattering all over the tube carriage
Dailymail reports that Tuesday evening, TfL confirmed that the work was removed due to a strict anti-graffiti policy.
Their spokesperson commented: “We appreciate the sentiment of encouraging people to wear face coverings.” But “In this particular case, the work was removed some days ago due to our strict anti-graffiti policy.”
The TfL spokesperson added that the company “would like to offer Banksy the chance to do a new version of his message for our customers in a suitable location.” His latest work was aimed at encouraging people to wear masks while commuting due to the risk of spreading the virus.
To highlight the point, Banksy’s film ended with the line “I get locked down – but I get up again” from the Chumbawamba hit which was playing in the background.
Watch Banksy’s full video titled “London Underground Undergoes Deep Clean” here
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Meanwhile, those who fail to comply with wearing a face mask in shops are risking a fine of up to $125. It may be reduced to half of the amount if the fine is paid in 14 days.
Moreover, “A shop can refuse them entry and can call the police if they refuse to comply,” announced Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
Banksy’s previous artwork titled “Painting for Saints” celebrates NHS heroes
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And this piece of a rat-infested bathroom unveiled during the lockdown got everyone talking too
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This how people reacted to Banksy’s new mask-themed project