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Anonymous street artist Banksy has donated a new artwork painted during lockdown to hang in a hospital corridor at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.
The piece, entitled Game Changer, is currently on view to staff and patients on level C of Southampton General Hospital.
It shows a boy dressed in dungarees playing with a nurse toy, with superhero figures of Batman and Spiderman in a wastepaper basket next to him on the floor.
The nurse, wearing a cape, face mask and a white apron featuring a red cross, has her arm raised as if she is flying.
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.”
Paula Head, chief executive of the trust, said: “Here at Southampton, our hospital family has been directly impacted with the tragic loss of much loved and respected members of staff and friends.
“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.
“It will be really valued by everyone in the hospital, as people get a moment in their busy lives to pause, reflect and appreciate this piece of art.
She added: “It will no doubt also be a massive boost to morale for everyone who works and is cared for at our hospital.”
Once lockdown is over, the painting will be put on public display and ultimately auctioned, with all the proceeds going to NHS charities.