Banksy Unveils New Artwork Celebrating Health Care Workers
The piece is currently on display at a hospital until fall, when it will be auctioned to raise money for the NHS.
Street artist Banksy unveiled a new piece celebrating health care workers and donated it to a UK hospital.
In the piece, which was shared this week in an Instagram post captioned "Game Changer," a child plays with a nurse doll that is wearing a mask, gloves, and a superhero cape. Batman and Spiderman dolls sit behind the child in a wastebasket.
The painting will remain at Southampton General Hospital in southern England until the fall, when it will be auctioned to raise money for the United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS), the BBC reported. The artist also reportedly left a note for hospital workers, which read: "Thanks for all you're doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if [it’s] only black and white."
Paula Head, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust CEO, shared the displayed piece, which has been titled the "Painting for Saints," on Twitter Wednesday.
So proud to reveal this amazing piece of art Painting for Saints, created by #Banksy as a thank you to all those who work with and for the NHS and our hospital. Temporarily on display @UHSFT. An inspirational backdrop to pause and reflect in these unprecedented times. pic.twitter.com/3QIgMyrlcA— Paula Head (@paulahead_UHS) May 6, 2020
"So proud to reveal this amazing piece of art Painting for Saints, created by #Banksy as a thank you to all those who work with and for the NHS and our hospital," she said.
Following the UK's coronavirus lockdown last month, Banksy also shared a photo on Instagram of illustrated rats scattered around his bathroom, with the caption "My wife hates it when I work from home."