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Banksy creates new ‘working from home’ artwork

By martin booth, Wednesday Apr 15, 2020

It seems that even Bristol’s best known street artist is working from home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Banksy posted a photograph to his official website on Wednesday evening featuring his well-known rats wreaking havoc in a bathroom.

While one rodent empties his bladder in the toilet, another jumps on a tube of toothpaste, one dangles from the light switch, one is about to tip over a bottle from a shelf, and a trio balance on the mirror in which is reflected another rat counting the days in quarentine.

It is Banksy’s first new work since he created a Valentine’s Day-themed piece in Barton Hill in February.

Banksy has long used rats as a motif in his works – photo: Banksy

“My wife hates it when I work from home,” read the caption for a cropped version of the photo on his website.

“I’d give it a minute…” is written underneath the full portrait-size photo.

Rats were a recurring theme in Banksy’s early works, possibly inspired by Parisian street artist Blek le Rat.

He once wrote: “If you feel dirty, insignificant or unloved, then rats are a good role model. They exist without permission, they have no respect for the hierarchy of society, and they have sex 50 times a day.”

Main photo: Banksy

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