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Banksy pays tribute to medical frontliners with new artwork in a Britain hospital

A new artwork by Banksy in honour of Britain’s health service has gone on display in a hospital, paying tribute to medics battling the coronavirus pandemic in the second hardest-hit country.

The street artist also posted an image of the work on Instagram, which shows a boy in dungarees playing with a figurine of a nurse in a superhero cape. The sole splash of colour in the artwork — entitled ‘Game Changer’ — is the red cross on the nurse’s uniform, while discarded Superman and Batman figures lie in a basket next to the boy.

“Thanks for all you’re doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if it’s only black and white,” the enigmatic artist said in a note for hospital workers.

Hung on a corridor wall at a hospital in Southampton in southern England, the one-square-metre (10-square-foot) tableau will be put on public display when lockdown measures are lifted, a spokeswoman for Banksy said.

It will later be auctioned to raise money for charities connected to the country’s National Health Service (NHS). Other pieces by the secretive artist have previously fetched millions of dollars.

Britain’s official COVID-19 death toll this week overtook Italy’s, with more than 32,000 fatalities — second only in severity to the United States.

This article is published via AFP Relaxnews.

PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.
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