New Banksy graffiti has appeared on the London Underground – referencing the Covid-19 lockdown and featuring rats.
The artist, whose identity has long been a closely guarded secret, posted a video on his Instagram account apparently showing him wearing a face mask and painting a series of rats on a Tube train. As he spray-paints ‘Banksy’ on one of the carriages, the Tube announcer can be heard saying: “The next station is Euston Square.”
At the end of the video, Banksy scrawls “I get lockdown” on a station wall, before the Tube doors close to revealing the words “I get back up again”.
This is a reference to the song Tubthumping by Chumbawamba, that has the chorus “I get knocked down, but I get up again, you’re never gonna keep me down”. The song plays at the end of the video.
The video was posted with the caption: “If you don’t mask – you don’t get.”
His last drawing posted on Instagram featured a black and white image showing a statue that is close to toppling backward as four people pull it down with ropes.
Banksy films himself hitting the London tube
Banksy, who has become one of the most prolific street artists of the 21st century and is known for his politically-charged works, suggested putting the statue of Edward Colston that was torn down by protesters in Bristol back on its plinth but with a twist.
“We drag him out the water, place him back on the support, tie cable spherical his neck, and commission some life-size bronze statues of protesters within the act of pull him down.
“Everyone happy. A famous day commemorated.”