By Rachael Grealish
Banksy seems to be in lockdown like the rest of us and may not be making his rare public appearances but he has released a tribute to NHS and front line care workers.
On the infamous artist’s social media pages, yesterday, of a child choosing to cast aside Batman and Spiderman in a waste basket on the floor in favour of playing with a superhero nurse doll wearing a cape, face mask and a white apron featuring a red cross and has her arm raised as if she is flying.
The new piece, simply called ‘Game Changer’, is now on view to staff and patients on Level C of Southampton General Hospital.
Ever the modest artist, Banksy left a note for the hospital staff saying: “Thanks for all you’re doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if its only black and white.”
The one-metre high by one-metre wide piece is said to be going on display to the public, at the hospital, after lockdown is lifted then it will be auctioned to raise money for the NHS – a spokeswoman confirmed to ITV.
Paula Head, chief executive of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Here at Southampton, 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.
“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.”