New Banksy Art Honoring Nurses

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Sophia Gesmundo, A&E Editor

Banksy, an anonymous English street-artist recently dropped off a new art piece at Southampton General Hospital in the South of England. Banksy has left his satirical art pieces across the world, displaying political messages. 

This new piece shows a young boy with his Batman and Spiderman dolls in a wastebasket next to him. In his hand, he plays with his new favorite superhero, a Nurse. She wears a cape and a face mask, and her arm is in the air as if she is soaring off on a new mission, Superman-style. The only color in the black and white piece is a Red Cross symbol on her apron. 

Left behind with the piece was a message from the artist reading: “Thanks for all you’re doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if it’s only black and white.”

The painting has been displayed in the hospital and will remain until August, when it will be auctioned off, to raise money for the United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS). 

Paula Head, CEO of the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust shared with BBC that “it will be really valued by everyone in the hospital, as people get a moment in their busy lives to pause, reflect and appreciate this piece of art. It will no doubt also be a massive boost to morale for everyone who works and is cared for at our hospital.”