Banksy put coronavirus art on the London Underground. It was swiftly removed.
One unmasked rat is depicted mid-sneeze, leaving a trail of trickling blue mucus.
The video has been viewed more than 3.2 million times on Instagram and won praise from the artist’s followers.
“He thinks differently,” commented tennis star Andy Murray.
Transport for London, the authority that oversees the Underground, said the work violated the department’s “strict anti-graffiti policy” and removed it swiftly. Many of Banksy’s pieces, often guerrilla art created on private or government property, have been removed or destroyed over the years.
“Slow hand clap @MayorofLondon and @TfL – you’re on your knees financially, a world-renowned graffiti artist gives you a mural worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, if not millions, in time. Try to monetise it? Nah. You remove it. Well done everybody,” tweeted Theo Usherwood, the political editor of broadcast network LBC.