Illusive street artist, Banksy, has continued to deliver his message during a period of lockdown and his latest work arrives as a tribute to ‘superhero’ health workers.
The new painting, which is largely in monochrome, was hung in collaboration with the managers of Southampton General Hospital and is proudly placed close to the emergency department.
The work, one square metre in size, depicts a young boy dressed in dungarees and a T-shirt while playing with his toys. However, the boy has decided to throw away his figures of Batman and Spider-Man in favour of a new hero; a Superhero NHS worker.
Banksy’s new piece has been titled ‘Game Changer’ and depicts a health worker who is donning a cape, protective mask, Red Cross symbol while she flies through the air.
“Here at Southampton, our hospital family has been directly impacted with the tragic loss of much loved and respected members of staff and friends,” Paula Head, the chief executive of University Hospital Southampton NHS foundation trust said. “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.
Head 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.”
Banksy’s artwork remains proudly on for staff and patients to view on Level C of the Southampton General Hospital.