Banksy creates coronavirus-related artwork on London Underground carriage

Banksy creates coronavirus-related artwork on London Underground carriage

Banksy has sprayed the inside of a London Underground train carriage with messages about the spread of coronavirus.

The street artist uploaded a 59-second video captioned "If you don't mask – you don't get" to his Instagram and YouTube pages on Tuesday afternoon.

It begins with a laptop playing PA Video footage showing the London Underground being deep cleaned in May.

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File photo dated 21/12/18 of Banksy's Season's Greetings mural. The owner of the mural, John Brandler, has cancelled plans to create an international street art museum in Wales following disagreements with council officials.
A painting of 'Girl with a balloon' seen during the exhibition. 'Banksy The art of Protest' at cultural center 'La T�rmica' is an exhibition showing for the first time in Malaga. the work of famous and mysterious British street artist 'Banksy', display more than 40 creations such originals works, sculptures, videos and photographs provide by international private collections including the original print of "Ni�a con globo". (Photo by Jesus Merida Luque / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Visitors seen looking at a painting during the exhibition. 'Banksy The art of Protest' at cultural center 'La T�rmica' is an exhibition showing for the first time in Malaga. the work of famous and mysterious British street artist 'Banksy', display more than 40 creations such originals works, sculptures, videos and photographs provide by international private collections including the original print of "Ni�a con globo". (Photo by Jesus Merida Luque / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
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Isabelle Schofield takes a photo of herself in front of the painting 'Devolved Parliament' by the graffiti artist Banksy, which is going on show at Bristol Museum.
Traffic passes the Brexit-inspired mural by artist Banksy in Dover, Kent, as MPs will vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal later today following last-minute talks with the EU.
A visitor is seen walking by Banksy�s Dismaland and Others exhibition at Alfandega Congress Center. The exhibition, includes images taken by Barry Cawston from the project Dismaland (2015), the well-known theme park created by Banksy, integrate other works identifying the artist as "Walled Off Hotel" (2017) or "Flower Thrower" (2005), one of his best known works. Apart of Barry images, the exhibition also integrates a series of works by young Portuguese artists, also serving as a launching pad for new names in the universe of urban art. (Photo by Omar Marques / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
A view of the Brexit-inspired mural by artist Banksy in Dover, Kent, ahead of the debate and vote on the Brexit motion at the House of Commons, London.
A view of the Brexit-inspired mural by artist Banksy in Dover, Kent, ahead of the debate and vote on the Brexit motion at the House of Commons, London.
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MIAMI, FL- DECEMBER 20: The Art of Banksy, Miami Florida, December 20, 2018. (Photo by Ron Elkman/USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA)
MIAMI, FL- DECEMBER 20: The Art of Banksy, Miami Florida, December 20, 2018. (Photo by Ron Elkman/USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA)
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Banksy, wearing a white boiler suit, mask, goggles, blue gloves and an orange hi-viz jacket with the message "stay safe" printed on it, is then seen posing as a Transport for London worker.

He makes his way to a Circle Line train, carrying a yellow pump action spray bottle and stencils in cardboard on board.

As an announcement states that "the next station is Baker Street", the artist sprays blue droplets from the face of one of his famous rats, which has been stencilled on the carriage.

Banksy indicates for another masked passenger to move back, before stencilling a rat using a blue face mask as a parachute.

Another rat has a blue mask over its face, while one holds a bottle of hand sanitiser.

The video finishes with a message sprayed on the wall of a Tube station reading: "I get lockdown" with the doors of the Tube carriage closing to reveal the message "But I get up again".

Chumbawamba's song Tubthumping – also known as I Get Knocked Down – plays as the doors touch together.

There are two rats, one on each of the carriage's doors, looking at each other.

Banksy, from Bristol, has created a number of artworks during the coronavirus lockdown.

In April, he created a series of rats causing mayhem in his bathroom and posted the caption: "My wife hates it when I work from home."

Later that month, a large face mask was placed on his world-famous piece The Girl With The Pierced Eardrum on Bristol harbourside.

An artwork entitled Game Changer, showing an NHS nurse as a superhero toy, went on display at Southampton General Hospital in May.

In June, Banksy posted a piece inspired by Black Lives Matter with a caption, part of which read: "People of colour are being failed by the system."

The following day, a statue of slave trader Edward Colston was toppled by protesters in Bristol and thrown into the harbour during a Black Lives Matter march.

Banksy posted a sketch showing his idea for the empty plinth – retrieving the statue from the water, putting it back on the plinth with cables around its neck and life-size bronze statues of protesters pulling it down.

He finished the caption by stating: "A famous day commemorated."

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