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Banksy's COVID-19 art scrubbed from London train

This photo shows Banksy's latest work sprayed on the inside of a London Underground tube carriage.

@banksy via AP

LONDON â€" Even if you are Banksy, tagging is forbidden on London's Underground.

Transport for London, the transportation agency for the greater London area, scrubbed the acclaimed street artist's latest work on the subject of COVID-19 from one of its trains, erasing a visual warning on the dangers of skipping face coverings.

Banksy uploaded a a 59-second video to his Instagram and YouTube pages on Tuesday that showed him spray-painting on a Circle Line train. Watch the video here:

Clad in a white boiler suit, mask, goggles, and an orange jacket with the words "stay safe" on the back, he climbed on the train under the guise of being a maintenance worker.

He then stenciled his trademark rats in discreet corners of a train car. One memorable image shows a sickly rat with a runny nose that sneezes and spreads a spray of droplets across a window.

Transport for London officials say the works were removed because of a strict anti-graffiti p olicy. But they are hoping Banksy might be persuaded to tag again.

"We'd like to offer Banksy the chance to do a new version of his message for our customers in a suitable location," the agency said in a statement.

Here's a look at Banksy's artwork around the world.

Virus outbreak Britain

Banksy's Girl with a Pierced Eardrum mural is given a face mask in a nod to the coronavirus pandemic as the UK continued in lockdown in Bristol, England, on April 22, 2020. The graffiti takes its inspiration from "Girl with a Pearl Earring" by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)

Ben Birchall

A member of the staff at Southampton General Hospital in England has a photograph taken in front of artwork titled "Game Changer," painted by Banksy. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)

Andrew Matthews
Italy Banksy

French Ambassador to Italy, Christian Masset, receives from Italian prosecutors a recovered stolen artwork by British artist Banksy, depicting a young female figure with a mournful expression, that was painted as a tribute to the victims of the 2015 terror attacks at the Bataclan music hall in Paris, during a ceremony at the French Embassy in Rome, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. The artwork was stolen in 2018 and recoverend in June 2020 in Sant'Omero, central Italy by Italian Carabinieri. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

Domenico Stinellis
Italy Banksy

Italian authorities unveil a stolen artwork painted by the British artist Banksy as a tribute to the victims of the 2015 terror attacks at the Bataclan music hall in Paris, during a press conference in L' Aquila, Italy, Thursday June, 11, 2020 . The L’Aquila prosecutors office said the work was recovered on Wednesday during a search of a home in Tortoreto, a city near the Adriatic coast in the Abruzzo region’s Teramo province. (AP Photo/Andrea Rosa)

Andrea Rosa
Italy Venice flooding

A view of a Banksy mural showing a migrant child wearing a life jacket and holding a flare, along a Venice canal in Italy, is seen Nov. 13, 2019. The high-water mark hit 74 inches, meaning more than 85% of the city was flooded. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Luca Bruno

This March 3, 2017, photo shows a Banksy wall painting with an Israeli border police officer and a Palestinian in a pillow fight, decorating one of the rooms of the Walled Off Hotel in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)

Dusan Vranic

Artwork dubbed "Scar of Bethlehem" by the artist Banksy is displayed in The Walled Off Hotel, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Majdi Mohammed

A woman walks past "Vote to Love" by Banksy at Sotheby's contemporary art sale preview in London, Feb. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Frank Augstein
Britain Banksy

A woman walks past artwork by street artist Banksy on the side of a house in Bristol, England, Feb. 13, 2020. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)

Ben Birchall
Britain Banksy

A view of a mural by Bansky that was vandalized on the side of a house in Bristol, England, Feb. 15, 2020. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)

Ben Birchall
2018 Sundance Film Festival

A preserved piece of wall art by graffiti artist Banksy is seen along Main Street during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 22, 2018, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)

Danny Moloshok
France Banksy

The painting "Stop and Search" (2007) by street artist Banksy hangs on a wall Oct. 18, 2018, in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Francois Mori
Portugal Banksy

Curator Alexander Nachkebiya gestures in front of a print by British artist Banksy at an exhibition in Lisbon, Portugal, on June 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

Armando Franca
Britain Banksy

In this file photo dated Jan. 7, 2019, a mural by street artist Banksy, depicting a star being chiseled from the European flag, stands in Dover, England. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Matt Dunham
Australia Banksy

A man views an exhibition from the British street artist Banksy during a preview in Sydney, Sept. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Rick Rycroft
Britain Banksy

In this file photo dated Sept. 27, 2019, Sotheby's gallery assistants handle Banksy's Devolved Parliament painting. The derisive portrayal of the Britain's House of Commons sold at auction for 9.9 million pounds (US dollars 12.2 miliion). (Jonathan Brady/PA FILE via AP)

Jonathan Brady
France Banksy

The painting "Soup Can Yellow/Emerald/Brown" (2005) by street artist Banksy hangs on a wall Oct. 18, 2018, in Paris. The art piece was sold at auction. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Francois Mori
Italy Banksy

A woman takes pictures during a press preview of the "A Visual Protest. The Art of Banksy" exhibition dedicated to British artist Banksy, in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Antonio Calanni

This is a view of the Banksy Brexit mural of a man chipping away at the EU flag in Dover, England, on Dec. 11, 2018. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)

Gareth Fuller
Britain Banksy

In this file photo dated Dec. 20, 2018, artwork by Banksy on the side of a garage depicts a child dressed for snow playing in the falling ash and smoke from a skip fire in Port Talbot, Wales. The artwork was sold to an art dealer for a "six-figure sum." (Ben Birchall/PA FILE via AP)

Ben Birchall
Britain Banksy

This photo shows Banksy's latest work sprayed on the inside of a London Underground tube carriage.

@banksy via AP


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