News ID: 269372
Published: 1255 GMT May 22, 2020

Thai artist ‘restless hands’ takes coronavirus battle to the streets

Thai artist ‘restless hands’ takes coronavirus battle to the streets
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A mural, dedicated to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), depicting characters making efforts to keep the virus at bay, painted by Thai street artist Mue Bon, is seen in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 21, 2020.



A Thai street artist has been paying tribute to the fight against the coronavirus with murals depicting a winged-character dressed as a health worker looming over a spiky image of the virus restrained by a padlocked red cross.

The 37-year-old street artist who goes by the name ‘Mue Bon,’ which translates as restless hands, says his murals also serve as a reminder that efforts against the virus are not over and everyone has a role, Reuters reported.

“I want to play my part in reminding people about the situation and recording the history that we helped each other by staying home to stop the spread of the virus,” he added.

Mue Bon hopes his artwork, which usually contains a social message, will reach people who otherwise might not have access to galleries or other places to see art.

“There is a huge gap between art and the ordinary people,” he said, taking a break from spray-painting a wall.

“I put the artwork on the streets, at places where people sitting in cars will see it while driving past.”

While not a household name in Thailand, Mue Bon has had international success and his work has been displayed in Japan, the US, Germany, and, most recently, in the Palestinian territories.

Thailand has recorded just over 3,000 cases of the novel coronavirus and 56 deaths though the rate of infection has been slowing.

 

   
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