Banksy surprised the staff of a hospital in Southampton, England, with a touching piece of unseen artwork. 🔥
Healthcare professionals around the world have been putting their lives on the line to aid coronavirus relief efforts. England has been one of the countries hit hardest by the pandemic, so doctors, nurses and other first responders there are especially crucial as they care for the sick and empower many to recover from the illness.
Now, one of the most famous, as well as mysterious, art figures ever is saluting these modern-day heroes with a perfect illustration titled "Painting for Saints."
Drawn in mostly black and white, street artist Banksy offered a sketch that shows a young boy in overalls and a T-shirt playing with a nurse action figure. She's sporting a cape and one of her arms is stretched out in front, similar to Superman when he flies through the sky.
Other superheroes like Batman and Spider-Man have been discarded.
Banksy also left a note for the workers at Southampton General Hospital, which is a rare piece of art in itself: "Thanks for all you're doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if its only black and white."
The drawing will remain at the hospital until fall. Then, it will be auctioned as part of a fundraiser to raise money for the UK's National Health Service (NHS.)
Paula Head, CEO of the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, reflected on how much the piece means to the hospital and the NHS. "The fact that Banksy has chosen us to recognise the outstanding contribution everyone in and with the NHS is making, in unprecedented times, is a huge honour," she said.
Given the social commentary incorporated into the sketch, it will likely attract plenty of wealthy bidders when made for sale.