Banksy’s London Underground Coronavirus Art Removed by Officials

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Just yesterday elusive artist Banksy uploaded a video of himself (shown later in this post), dressed as a member of the London Underground’s cleanup crew, spraying graffiti on the interior of the public transportation where wearing face masks has been a requirement since June 15.  The street artist decorated the interior of the carriage with a message meant to encourage people to wear face masks to prevent the spread and contraction of Covid-19. Sadly, London officials have already removed the artwork citing that it was in violation of TfL’s “strict anti-graffiti policy.”

Banksy London Underground Coronavirus Art

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Using his inimitable stenciled rats, Banksy depicted them as using face masks as parachutes and dispensing hand sanitizer. One is even sneezing while another struggles to get a mask on.

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Banksy edited the coverage of the video himself at the end of which he sprays the words “I get lockdown, but I get up again”, riffing on Chumbawamba’s 1997 hit Tubthumping, which plays in the background.

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Hours after street artist Banksy posted the Instagram video (shown below) of him tagging the London Underground train with his latest artwork urging people to wear masks, Transport for London confirmed that it had been removed.

Even though it was erased, the spokesperson said that TfL appreciated “the sentiment of encouraging people to wear face coverings” and that it would like to “offer Banksy the chance to do a new version of his message for our customers in a suitable location.”

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