Banksy’ coronavirus street art on London Tube is an important health reminder

  • The graffiti artist’s work reminds people wearing masks helps in the fight against Covid-19
  • The images show the spread of disease, and value of social distancing
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The artist signed his name before leaving the train carriage. Photo: Reuters

He’s pulled off some pretty spectacular stunts, and now he’s on the move. A famous British street artist is doing his best to qualify as an “underground” artist.

Banksy made his (literal) mark on the London Underground, ducking into the transport system with a pot of paint to coat a car with rats engaging in coronavirus-themed behaviour.

On Tuesday, the elusive art activist – whose identity is studiously kept secret from the public – shared a video on Instagram showing the Tube, as the train service is known, as it turned into his canvas.

Banksy dressed as a street cleaner, clad in white and bright orange with goggles and blue gloves.

In the tagged car, an unmasked rat sneezes specks onto a window. Another rodent dispenses hand sanitiser.

“If you don’t mask – you don’t get,” Banksy captioned the post.

Banksy often draws rats. He once coated his own bathroom with them.

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At the end of the clip, the car doors close, and a painted sentiment blaring in blue on the wall outside the train – “I GET LOCKDOWN” – is replaced with lettering painted on the closing car doors.