Mask it up with these murals: Coronavirus inspired artwork has been inspiring global citizens

Street artists and muralists are the real unsung heroes of today, with their coronavirus themed wall art, portraying characters from movies wearing PPE, depicting lifestyle changes, and making us stop and think

3rd Jun 2020
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The world has witnessed a drastic lifestyle shift, owing to the coronavirus outbreak and pandemic.

While governments and citizens are doing all that they can to cope with social distancing measures, quarantine and isolation directives, they are keeping the faith alive, and taking each day as it comes.

Frontline workers, medical staff, and delivery executives are putting their own health at risk to do whatever they can to ease social functioning.

While these individuals are the real heroes of today, the lesser known unsung heroes that need to be acknowledged are the street artists and painters who are depicting coronavirus themed artwork, to constantly keep us aware of the weight of the situation at hand.

With murals and artwork depicting lifestyle changes, cartoon sketches of the coronavirus, and individuals and characters from movies wearing protective wear, street artists and muralists are doing all they can to spread the message, and keep us thinking.

YS Weekender brings you coronavirus themed murals and artwork from around the world...



Drake Wall Art

Coronavirus themed street art in Malmo, by artist Richard Juggins (Image Credit:news.artnet.com)

A popular meme trending on social media with Canadian rapper Drake, has been used to spread a message saying 'No to Coronavirus' but 'Yes to popular beer brand Corona.'


Street Art with a message

Coronavirus has no race or religion, as depicted by artist Eduardo Kobra (Image Credit:thedesitimes)

Brazilian Muralist Eduardo Kobra has created a pandemic inspired mural titled 'Coexistence' using a Kaleidoscopic theme. He has made it to the Guinness World Records twice, for the largest spray-painted mural for the Rio De Janeiro Olympics, as well as another larger one in his native place of Sao Paulo.


Kobra's mural depicts five children from five continents praying behind face masks printed with the symbols of five of the world's major religions: Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism.


"My work is in the streets. I'm a painter who depends on the street. I paint murals. So, this has all been a big change for me. I've had to think about how to transform my work... rethink my creative process," Kobra told AFP in an interview in Itu, the small southeastern city where he is staying currently during the pandemic.


Coronavirus Mural

A man is seen photographing work by art group subset in Dublin, Ireland. (Image Credit: Brian Lewis, Getty Images)

Subset is a group of collective artists, filmmakers, designers, and curators in Dublin that aim to put out artwork that provokes thought and supports dialogue regarding important social issues.

The work titled CORONAVIRUS: The Virus Era, keeps citizens informed that it is important to be aware that the number of positive cases are increasing day by day.


Although the number of cases in Dublin are nowhere close to that of Italy and Spain, there is a possibility of acceleration, and they hope to inform citizens of the dire situation through this mural and the way in which the virus can rapidly spread.



Coronavirus Mural

A Simpsons inspired social distancing artwork by Italian artist Nello Petruccii (Image Credit: news.artnet.com)

Simpsons the popular American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox broadcasting company is loved by people all over the world. The series which is a satirical depiction of working-class life, is something that fans relate to. Italian artist Nello Petrucci has taken the popular characters of the Simpson Family, Homer, Marge, Lisa, Maggie, and Bart and depicted them in modern times.


In his artwork the Simpson family is seen sitting on their home couch watching television, wearing face masks and practising social distancing from the fictional town of Springfield depicted in the TV series. What better way to send a powerful message across!


Coronavirus Murals

Street art in Berlin depicting the ever-present need for toilet rolls (Image Credit: Abdulhamid Hosbas| Anadolu Agency| Getty Images

In Berlin we see street art featuring Gollum, a character in the Lord of the Rings, eyeing a roll of toilet paper being held by a squirrel. Gollum looks longingly at the roll saying 'Mein Schatz' in German which means my treasure or my darling in English.


The mural is a depiction of the hoarding of toilet paper and tissue rolls that citizens have been doing during the coronavirus pandemic. It is a funny depiction with a deep message.



Coronavirus, Murals

Mural of two lovers kissing with facemasks, by muralist Pony Wave in Venice Beach, California (Image Credit: Mario Tama, Getty Images)

During these times of social distancing and isolation, there are many people who are missing their lovers, partners and have to settle for long distance relations as they are stranded in different parts of the world, or even at home in their own city.


Muralist Pony Wave has depicted two lovers longing to kiss, but can't due to the risk that comes with the spread of the coronavirus infection through cough droplets and saliva.

The couple in the mural are seen to be kissing and sharing an intimate moment, with their face masks on, something that we need to wear till an adequate vaccine is developed and the global curve flattens.



Mural Street Art

A mural supporting healthcare workers in London (Image Credit: Peter Summers, Getty Images)


Frontline workers are doing all they can to protect us during these trying times, and this mural in London is crediting NHS for all the hard work and toil that they have undertaken to help citizens during the pandemic.

They are the real superheroes of today as depicted above.



Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction inspired mural in Madrid (Image Credit: Gabriel Bouys, Getty Images)

This stencil graffiti in Madrid has been inspired by the 1994 American neo-noir film Pulp Fiction. In this piece of work characters Vincent Vega (portrayed by John Travolta) and his partner in crime Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) are seen wearing blue face masks and holding out a selfie stick.


Steve Jobs, Coronavirus

Mural of Steve Jobs in a Facemask, Russia. (Image Credit: Krill Kuikhmar, Getty Images)

In the city of Novosibirsk, Russia, a colorful mural of Apple founder and business magnate Steve Jobs is seen wearing a facemask.


Banksy Mural

The mural is a take on Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer's Girl with the pearl earring. (Image Credit: Reuters)

Banksy’s “Girl with a Pierced Eardrum” has been updated for the coronavirus era with the addition of a blue surgical face mask.


The mural is a take on Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer's 'Girl with the Pearl Earring'.


Coronavirus Murals

A man hoards toilet paper in this street artwork in Los Angles (Image Credit: news.artnet.com)


A man dressed in a black trench coat, dark glasses and a hat is seen hoarding toilet paper during the coronavirus outbreak, something extremely telling of what is currently happening world over.



Coronavirus

A young baby Yoda from the T.V series The Mandalorian wears a facemask in Guatemala City. (Image Credit: Radio Free Europe)

A young baby Yoda from the recent space TV series The Mandalorian is seen reminding citizens to wear facemasks and PPE in Guatemala City.


Coronavirus Murals

Covid-19 street art by Scottish artist The Rebel Bear (Image Credit: Andy Buchanan, Getty Images)

This coronavirus inspired street art by Scottish artist The Rebel Bear aims to reflect the current situation at hand and the mood of the nation.


It shows a man being chained by a green corona virus particle, and struggling to break free from the government's restrictions. It aims to highlight the frustration that is felt by everyone due to the pandemic.


Coronavirus Murals

A woman walks by a Buddha wearing a facemask in Mumbai, India (Image Credit: Indranil Mukherjee)


A woman in Mumbai is seen wearing a facemask and walking past a mural of The Buddha also wearing a facemask, and reminding people to keep the peace as these trying times will eventually pass.



Coronavirus Murals

Coronavirus Street Art in Jaipur, India (Image Credit: Anadolu Agency, Getty Images)

In Jaipur, India an ugly green monstrous coronavirus particle has been painted on the street to warn people of the situation, and scare them with its villainous red eyes in order to keep them indoors.

(Edited by Asha Chowdary)

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