Banksy revealed that they have created 50 screen prints that will be sold to raise funds for a charity that supports the people of Ukraine.
The anonymous graffiti artist announced the project with the Legacy of War Foundation on Instagram, who will use £5,000 from each sale to purchase vehicles to evacuate citizens from the war-torn country and provide a system Heating communities facing difficult winters.
Each print is signed, numbered, and depicts a white rat scratching the word “fragile” labeled on a piece of cardboard box.
The charity notes that each print is “unique” because during production, Banksy attacks each print with a pizza cutter sharpened to create a scratchy effect.
In a statement on the Legacy of War foundation’s website, Banksy said: “In Ukraine, I saw a Legacy of War team come and provide medical care, heating, clean water and friendly faces. for some desperate people in a bombed building.
“They also lent me one of their ambulances to get to work, which turned out to be extremely helpful when an angry babushka spotted me painting on her building and called the Police.
“I feel like the least I should do is raise enough money to change the number plates on the ambulance I’ve heated up.”
Prints will be limited to one copy per customer and will cost £5,000 (plus applicable tax) and those wishing to purchase one must register their details by December 16 on charity website.
Successful applicants will be selected by computer and will be sent details on how to complete their purchase.
Giles Duley, executive director of the Legacy of War Foundation, said: “With the money raised from the sale of this publication, we will immediately purchase new ambulances and support vehicles.
“These are needed in Donbas to continue evacuating the disabled, elderly and civilian casualties.
“We will be sending generators, gas heaters and solar lights to communities facing harsh winters without electricity.
“And we will be able to continue to support shelters in Kiev for women and the LGBTQ community.”
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Banksy previously confirmed they had spent time in Ukraine after posting a video of an artist designing spray paint in the war-torn country and talking to locals.
Rumors about the Bristol-born artist emerged after a series of murals appeared in the town of Borodyanka, near Kyiv, in their signature style.
A mural depicting a man resembling Russian President Vladimir Putin flipped during a judo match with a young boy.
Another shows two children using metal tank traps as seesaws, while a third depicts a female gymnast balancing on a damaged building.
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