A young boy in T-shirt and dungarees wields a nurse action figure in a superhero-on-a-mission pose. Batman and Spiderman, meanwhile, look on from a wastepaper basket. As Banksy artworks go, his latest is actually quite uplifting. Hung on a wall at Southampton General Hospital, it’s dedicated to the tireless, heroic work of health service staff across the UK.
The anonymous street artist’s work was hung in collaboration with hospital staff in a foyer near its emergency ward. Alongside the one-square-metre he 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 its only black and white.’ The only colour in the picture is the Red Cross emblem on the nurse’s apron.
The work will remain at the hospital until autumn, when it will be auctioned to raise money for the NHS. It comes after the Bristol-based artist last month revealed another work that showed a group of rats infesting what appeared to be his bathroom.
If that work was a passive reflection of the chaos of these strange times, his latest thinks a little harder – and recognises the unwavering valiance of our carers. We can all clap for that!
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