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A Banksy mural has been given a coronavirus update

‘The Girl With A Pierced Eardrum’ is wearing a blue surgical mask – to keep safe, presumably

While even street artist Banksy is staying indoors as per lockdown instructions, someone has given his famed artwork “The Girl With A Pierced Eardrum” a coronavirus makeover to include a blue surgical mask.

The artwork, which first appeared on the side of a building in Bristol’s Harbourside in 2014, is a spoof on Vermeer’s “Girl With A Pearl Earring”, only the earring is replaced by a ‘stretcher’, courtesy of an outdoor security alarm.

It’s not known who placed the mask on the image, but it likely isn’t Banksy, who usually reveals works on his Instagram account. The last piece posted by the Bristol-based artist is a series of rats causing mayhem in a bathroom, with the caption: “My wife hates it when I work from home.”

Previously, the anonymous graffiti artist unveiled a Valentine’s Day mural in Bristol of a young girl firing a slingshot that explodes into a playful arrangement of red flowers – only to have it vandalised a few days later.