Banksy creates face mask-themed work on London Underground

Photo: Banksy

World-renowned artist Banksy has produced an art piece to highlight the importance of face masks – painted inside a Circle Line service carriage.

A video unveiled on Banksy’s Instagram page showed a man – presumed to be the artist – disguised as a cleaner and holding spray paint and stencils.

The piece has since been removed by Transport for London (TfL) cleaning crews, with a TfL source telling the BBC that a strict no graffiti policy meant the artwork “was treated like any other graffiti on the network.”

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“The job of the cleaners is to make sure the network is clean, especially given the current climate.”

All public transport users in London must wear a face covering, and TfL said that while it appreciated “the sentiment of encouraging people” to do so, Banksy’s art was removed.

“We’d like to offer Banksy the chance to do a new version of his message for our customers in a suitable location,” it added.

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What are your thoughts on the Banksy piece? Should it have stayed or were TfL right to remove it? Let us know!

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