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Banksy coronavirus-themed artwork
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Banksy hits the London Underground to paint new coronavirus-themed artworks

The elusive artist has shared a video of himself painting a variety of rats on the capital’s transport service

Banksy is back with more mischievous rats – this time, they’ve journeyed from his bathroom to the London Underground.

The elusive artist has shared a video of himself leaving coronavirus-themed artworks on the capital’s transport system. Dressed head-to-toe in protective gear – simultaneously protecting him from COVID-19 and hiding his identity – Banksy can be seen spray painting among mask-cladded commuters.

His pieces include a rat sneezing a blue liquid across the carriage wall, two more rats using masks as parachutes, and another doing its own graffiti (which says “Banksy”) while ‘hanging’ from the tube rails. Banksy also left two notes, which read, “I get lockdown” and “But I get up again” – meant to be sung to the tune of Chumbawamba’s “Tubthumping”. 

The artist shared the video on his Instagram with the caption, “If you don’t mask – you don’t get”.

The pieces mark some of his first public artworks since he unveiled a new mural in Bristol for Valentine’s Day. Since then, Banksy has shared a handful of reactive works on his Instagram, including an anti-racism piece dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement, an NHS artwork, which was hung in a Southampton hospital, and the aforementioned rats wreaking havoc in his home.

Watch Banksy’s new video below.