A new Banksy art piece is inspiring the world since it was dropped off, and later hung on display, at Southampton General Hospital in the south of England Wednesday.
The artwork shows a young boy playing with his favorite new superhero doll—a nurse wearing a cape and face mask. On the floor nearby sits his discarded Spiderman and Batman action figures.
The nurse’s arm is outstretched as if soaring off on a new mission, with the Red Cross emblem emblazoned on her chest.
The artist left a note for hospital workers saying: “Thanks for all you’re doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if it’s only black and white.”
The elusive street muralist named the piece “Game Changer” on Instagram.
“Here at Southampton, our hospital family has been directly impacted with the tragic loss of much loved and respected members of staff and friends,” said Paula Head, CEO of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. “The fact that Banksy has chosen us to recognize the outstanding contribution everyone in and with the NHS is making, in unprecedented times, is a huge honor.”
“It will no doubt also be a massive boost to morale for everyone who works and is cared for at our hospital.”
The painting will eventually be put on public display and ultimately auctioned, with all the proceeds going to NHS charities.
It is now on view to staff and patients on level C of Southampton General, a hospital on the frontline tackling the pandemic.
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