Banksy’s latest artwork is featured in a hospital
Banksy created a new piece titled Game Changer for the Southampton General Hospital. The image shows a young boy having cast aside his superhero toys to play with a nurse doll.
He has discarded his Spiderman and Batman model figures in favour of a new favourite action hero – an NHS nurse.
The nurse’s arm is outstretched and pointing forward in the fashion of Superman on a mission.
She is wearing a facemask, a nurse’s cape, and an apron with the Red Cross emblem (the only element of colour in the picture).
The artist 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 artwork will later be auctioned and the money will go to the NHS.
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 added: “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.”
The artwork is now on view to staff and patients on Level C of the Southampton General.
Street artist have been inspired by the NHS Superhero theme around the UK and would
“Thank you to all of the nurses, doctors and healthcare workers not only in the NHS, but all over the world. You are the true superheroes. ’Artwork by street artist FAKE.”
From Yorkshire Artist Rachel List with her NHS mural in Pontefract.
Artist Rachel List brightened up the town with her NHS tribute murals
The Yorkshire artist is brightening up her town during the coronavirus outbreak through a series of murals paying tribute to the NHS.
Rachel List, 29, has painted a numbers of Banksy-inspired murals around Pontefract with messages such as “stay safe” and “we’re all in this together”.
To keep social distance during lockdown the self-employed artists says she creates the artworks early in the morning as part of her daily exercise.
“I think people just want to show their appreciation for the NHS,” she added.
“Hopefully I have, in some small way, allowed that message to travel.”