Bansky Honours the Real Heroes During Coronavirus Pandemic
A new Banksy artwork appeared yesterday at Southampton General Hospital. The largely monochrome painting was hung in collaboration with the hospital's managers in a foyer near the emergency department. The piece depicts a young boy who has discarded his Batman and Spiderman action figures in favour of his new favourite hero - an NHS nurse. The nurse wears a face mask, cape an apron with her arm is outstretched and pointing forward like that of a superhero flying to their mission.
The anonymous artist also left a note for hospital workers along the piece, which read:
The painting will remain at Southampton General Hospital until Autumn when it will be auctioned to raise money for the NHS. Banksy also shared the new piece on his instagram captioned ‘Game Changer’.
Paula Head, CEO of the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust said: "Our hospital family has been directly impacted with the tragic loss of much loved and respected members of staff and friends.The fact that Banksy has chosen us to recognise the outstanding contribution everyone in and with the NHS is making, in unprecedented times, is a huge honour." She continued: "It will be really valued by everyone in the hospital, as people get a moment in their busy lives to pause, reflect and appreciate this piece of art. It will no doubt also be a massive boost to morale for everyone who works and is cared for at our hospital."
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