Banksy donates artwork honouring healthcare workers to hospital

New Banksy artwork pays tribute to UK's NHS heroes

New Banksy artwork pays tribute to UK's NHS heroes

The hospital has previously paid tribute to two of its workers, Mike Brown, 61, and Katy Davis, 38, who both died after contracting coronavirus.

The black and white piece shows a young boy playing with a doll nurse, while his Batman and Superman figurines sit unused in a basket beside him. The super nurse also wears an apron emblazoned with a red cross - the only spot of color on the otherwise black-and-white illustration.

The work of art was left at Southampton General Hospital and included a note "Thanks for all you're doing".

It's a bit different to Banksy's other work, in a sense that it's been painted with permission, and not straight onto a wall, but we can all agree that it's a nice thing for the artist to have done.

The piece - which is about one metre high by one metre wide - is set to go on public display once lockdown measures are lifted.

The 1x1-meter painting will be on display at the hospital until the fall, and then will be auctioned off to raise money for the UK's NHS.

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The piece is now on view for staff and patients near the hospital's emergency department.

Mike was a linen porter who had been with the Trust for 20 years.

"This is the impact it's having on a group of staff who have found it really tough through this period of the Covid-19 pandemic".

Ms Davis worked in child health and was described by Ms Head as a "nurse people would aspire to be like".

"So proud to reveal this awesome piece of art, Painting for Saints, " tweeted hospital chief executive Paula Head on Tuesday. In an Instagram post published by the artist, the caption simply reads "Game Changer".

A piece of Banksy street art in Bristol, Britain titled The Girl with the Pierced Eardrum has been adorned with a protective face mask.

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