Transport for London, the transportation agency for the greater London area, scrubbed the acclaimed’son the subject of Covid-19 from one of its trains, erasing a visual warning on the dangers of skipping face coverings.
Banksy uploaded a a 59-second video to his Instagram andpages on Tuesday that showed him spray painting on a Circle Line train.
Clad in a white boiler suit, mask, goggles, and an orange jacket with the words “stay safe” on the back, he climbed on the train under the guise of being a maintenance worker.
He then stenciled his trademark rats in discreet corners of a train car. One memorable image shows a sickly rat with a runny nose that sneezes and spreads a spray of droplets across a window.
Transport for London officials say the works were removed because of a strict anti-graffiti policy. But they are hoping Banksy might be persuaded to tag again.
“We’d like to offer Banksy the chance to do a new version of his message for our customers in a suitable location,” the agency said in a statement.
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Last month, cricketers Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers offered to auction off their signed jerseys from a 2016 IPL match to help raise funds for Covid-19 relief. But they’re not the only ones pitching in to help.
A number of brands and celebrities have come forward recently to help raise funds for Covid-19 relief through a variety of auctions. Here are a few: