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The artwork appeared on Monday outside Reading Prison, famous as the location where writer Oscar Wilde served two years for “gross indecency” in the 1890s.
Banksy confirmed the mural, which shows a sneezing woman on his official Instagram account, along with the comment “Aachoo!!”
British artist Banksy, whose paintings sell for millions of dollars, has decided to highlight the migrant crisis problem in the Mediterranean. To that end, he has bought and equipped a boat to help save migrants trying to make their way to Europe.
The graffiti was removed due to the company's anti-graffiti policy but a Transport for London spokesman said, "We appreciate the sentiment of encouraging people to wear face coverings".
The artwork appeared as thousands of people gathered in London and other cities around the world to protest the May 25 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, where a white police officer detaining him knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
The street artist also posted an image of the work on Instagram, which shows a boy in dungarees playing with a figurine of a nurse in a superhero cape.
Temporary fencing was added to the home in Bristol and closed-circuit television has been installed to protect the artwork, which shows a young girl firing red flowers from a catapult.
The mysterious street artist displayed a politically-charged nativity scene in at his Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem, the town revered as Jesus' birthplace, just in time for the busy Christmas season.
The work - known variously as the Graffiti Painter, The Painter or Velazquez - shows an artist, thought to be Spanish painter Diego Velazquez, with an easel writing “Banksy” in large red letters.
Despite being painted in 2009, many commentators had drawn comparisons to current-day politics, namely the increasingly brutish exchanges in the House of Commons over Britain’s pending departure from the European Union, or Brexit.
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