Banksy’s coronavirus-themed artwork removed from London Underground
Banksy painted his trademark rats across the train car — one sneezing with sickly-looking goo, one using a mask as a parachute, one holding hand sanitizer, and others wearing masks
Banksy’s latest piece urging people to wear face masks was short-lived.
On Tuesday, the famous street artist posted a video on Instagram and YouTube that showed him tagging the inside of a London Underground train on the Circle Line, according to the Washington Post.
The video shows the artist posing as a maintenance worker, dressed in a boiler suit with mask, goggles, and an orange jacket.
Banksy then paints his trademark rats across the train car — one sneezing with sickly-looking goo, one using a mask as a parachute, one holding hand sanitizer, and others wearing masks. He also tags his moniker.
The video ends with the beginning of the song “Tubthumping” by the British rock band Chumbawamba. Banksy had painted similar words to the song’s opening lyrics onto the train doors and the station.
Instead of “I get knocked down, but I get up again,” he spray-painted, “I get lockdown, but I get up again.”
The artwork has already been removed by Transport for London, according to CNN.
Officials said the artwork violated their strict anti-graffiti policy.
“TfL appreciated the sentiment of encouraging people to wear face coverings,” a spokesperson for Transport for London said, according to the Washington Post. “And they would like to offer Banksy the chance to do a new version of his message for our customers in a suitable location.”
This isn’t Banksy’s first time creating art related to the coronavirus. Back in May, he did a piece titled “Game Changer” that honored health care workers.