You often get a true sense for what is capturing the collective thoughts of society by observing street art in major cities. As coronavirus hits 14 million cases worldwide and 4 million in the US alone, more murals have been popping up that highlight what is on the mind of most people in the world...COVID-19.
Game Changer by BANKSY
BANKSY’s homage to the NHS and nurses everywhere called “Game Changer”. It hangs in Southampton Hospital, and will eventually be auctioned off for the NHS.
Super Nurse by FAKE
Painted to celebrate all of the nurses and frontline healthcare workers that are the real heroes in this crisis. Amsterdam-based street artist FAKE has created a mural that shows a nurse wearing a face mask emblazoned with the Superman logo.
Coronavirus Sh*t Is Real by Colton Valentine
The Cardi B mural has been updated in San Antonio to reflect the pandemic and has her in a face mask. It can be found on the corner of San Pedro Avenue and Cyprus Street.
Stay Safe by Ponywave
The mural in Venice Beach, California captures love in the time of the coronavirus. It shows two people kissing while wearing face masks; one has her eyes open, almost like she’s waiting for her partner to acknowledge the situation.
COVID-19 Busters by HIJACK
The two soldiers fighting off the virus suggests we are fighting a war against coronavirus. While we might not feel it safe at home, it’s undoubtedly happening on the front lines. These COVID Busters are armed with hand sanitizer, a vacuum cleaner, and lots of toilet paper. HIJACK taps into the fear COVID-19 has instilled in people.
Lockdown by The Rebel Bear
Glasgow's version of BANKSY has created a mural to commemorate the coronavirus outbreak. The piece is located on Bath Street on the walls of the old BHS store.
A Tutti Voi...Grazie by Unknown
A mural on the side of Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital in Bergamo near Milan, Italy.
It reads ‘To All Of You... Thank You!' It is dedicated to all Italian medical workers and depicts a nurse cradling Italy.
Keep Calm And Wash Your Hands by Keith Biele
Street artist Keith Biele created a mural inspired by the Royal Family and the motivational poster created by the U.K. government in 1939 in preparation for World War II. The classic “Keep Calm and Carry On” saying has been switched to reflect the coronavirus pandemic.
“I didn’t like the way the US President welcomed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to the country by saying, ‘Hey, we’re not going to pay for your security' so I wanted to try to find a way to use this image and welcome them at the same time to make a comment and a little public service announcement to everybody.”