A graffiti removal service in London had no idea that the graffiti on a London Underground subway train was made by the famous artist Banksy when they removed it, the BBC reported.
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However, by the time he revealed his work on the Banksy Instagram account, it had been washed away by Transport for London (TfL) cleaning team.
The phrase “If You Don’t Mask, You Don’t Get”, was painted inside one of the Circle Line carts.
A video posted on Instagram displayed a man (possibly Banksy), dressed as a cleaner carrying a few stencils. “It was treated like any other graffiti on the network.”A TfL source stated.
Stencils of the new Banksy piece displayed many ‘face- mask’ references including, a sneezing rat exploding a burst of blue paint, and many other stencils of rats in relation to the facemasks. Banksy also tagged the words “I get lockdown” “but I get up again” in the Underground and on the cart doors, a well-known lyric to the song “TubThumping” by the famous English retro-rock band, Chumbawamba.
CNN stated that the ‘TfL’ removed the piece because it was in violation of their “strict anti-graffiti policy” but stated that they appreciate the ever-elusive artist’s sentiment and would “offer Banksy the chance to do a new version of his message for our customers in a suitable location,” which clearly would be the most ‘un-Banksy’ statement ever.
Though the washed away stunt, displayed on Tuesday, was made to encourage wearing a face mask, it was absolutely the most outrageous pro-mask statement we’ve seen from any artist to date.