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5月23日号 バンクシー、新作で医療従事者へ感謝示す

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champion
戦士
piece
作品
pay tribute
敬意を表す
elusive
神出鬼没の
game changer
社会の状況を大きく変える人・もの
depict
描く
dump
投げ捨てる
Batman
米コミックの架空のヒーロー(後出 Spider-Man も架空のヒーロー)
poke
飛び出る
wastepaper basket
くず籠
complete with ~
~を着けた
cape
マント
feature ~
(ここでは)~が描かれる
red cross
赤十字
corridor
廊下
brighten ~ up
~を明るくする
massive
強力な
boost to morale
士気を高めるもの
contract
感染する
novel
新型の
reflect
じっくり考える
appreciate
感謝する
chief executive
最高経営責任者
NHS
(= National Health Service) 国民医療サービス
foundation trust
財団
raise
集める
make a mess of ~
~を散らかす
(be) accompanied by ~
~が添えられる
measures
措置
in place
実施中の
 

Changing Champions   

A new piece paying tribute to health workers by the elusive street artist Banksy has been unveiled at a British hospital.

The framed picture, titled "Game Changer," depicts a young boy sitting on the floor while playing with a superhero-style nurse toy. Dumped Batman and Spider-Man action figures can be seen poking out of a wastepaper basket next to him.

The nurse toy, complete with cape and mask, also wears an apron featuring a red cross — the only spot of color in the black-and-white image.

The piece was put on display in a corridor at Southampton General Hospital in southern England on May 6.

The artist left a note for hospital workers, saying: "Thanks for all you're doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if (it's) only black and white."

Health officials said it was a "massive boost to morale" for everyone at the hospital, where at least two members of staff have died after contracting the novel coronavirus.

"It will be really valued by everyone in the hospital as people get a moment in their busy lives to pause, reflect and appreciate this piece of art," said Paula Head, chief executive of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

The artwork will be auctioned later to raise money for national health charities, a spokesperson for Banksy said.

Banksy, who is believed to be British, has been producing works about the coronavirus. In an April 15 Instagram post, he shared a home-working themed piece, in which drawings of rats are seen stepping on a toothpaste tube and making a mess of the toilet paper in a bathroom that appears to be the artist's own.

The image was accompanied by a comment, "My wife hates it when I work from home," referring to the stay-at-home measures in place across many countries as the coronavirus has spread.

(Compiled from AP and Mainichi reports)

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