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.
“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