New Banksy art unveiled at hospital to thank doctors, nurses

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The artist, who keeps his identity a closely guarded secret, quietly gave the painting to the Southampton General Hospital which is holding coronavirus vaccine trials.

In 2009, he launched the "StreetArtNews" website to promote underground art, which widened his scope to work with a larger roster of street artists on events and exhibitions. Their place was taken by a statuette of a nurse with the apron of the red cross and the mask on her face which, complete with a cloak and raised arm, flies over the sky to protect everyone.

The work depicts a child playing with some puppets: he puts aside Batman and Spiderman and prefers, instead, a doll with the appearance of a nurse, with her mask and cloak. "I hope this will lighten the spot, even if it is only black and white", reads the note that was left by the artist. Keeping with Banksy's usual covert fashion, hospital executives helped to ensure that the one square metre painting simply appeared on a wall near the hospital's emergency unit. 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 that the gesture was a "massive boost to morale" for both health-care workers and patients at the facility.

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Ms Head added: "We don't know why this place was chosen but obviously we are absolutely thrilled it was and we believe that we are a hospital that deserves a Banksy because we are an absolutely unbelievable place to work and our teams are phenomenal".

Thank you for all that you do.

According to the outlet, the painting will stay in the hospital until later this fall, when it will be auctioned off to raise proceeds for the NHS Foundation.

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