Street Artists Step Up As COVID Crisis Narrators

Corie Mattie, Los Angeles / © Corie Mattie
© JR — ‘Contained’
© Mohammed Abed, Gaza — “By fighting the epidemic, we protect human beings and preserve the Earth”
Radikl Bomb Shot, Dakar — © Zohra Bensemra / REUTERS
Radikl Bomb Shot, Dakar — © Alaattin Doğru
Lionel Stanhop — © Matt Dunham/AP
© Crkshnk, New York
© Airá Ocrespo, Rio de Janeiro — Appeared on the same day as Bolsonaro’s March 18 press conference
© Amanda Newman Art, Melbourne — “This is Ai Fen. She was one of the first badass doctors to raise the alarm about the virus. The hospital and government silenced her. A global pandemic ensued. What would be different if her voice had been heard?”
© Lushsux, Melbourne — “Nothing to see, carry on”
Robin Bell, Washington D.C.— © Bell Visuals
© Salvador Colaco , Cascais — “Stay Home”
© Iamfake, Amsterdam — “Super Nurse is a tribute to all healthcare professionals around the world. To encourage them in these challenging times, to lift their spirits and send them love and appreciation, when so much is expected of them and so many people depend on their work”
© Polar Bear for Project SAATO — Live painted and auctioned to support Paris hospitals
© Tomo7701 — “Nurses. Heroes of the Pandemic. At the front lines. We salute you.”
© Jillyballistic, New York — “First Responders”
© Xamoosh, Tehran — “Don’t be afraid”
Warsaw — © Wojtek Radwanski/AFP
Jeni Jenkins from Renegade Babe Studio. Available at amplifier.org — “There has never been a global moment where the entire human species has come together in solidarity to resist a common cause.
© Stattheartist — “Inspired by all of the underrepresented women of color working the front lines to save us from this global pandemic
© Shepard Fairey — “With all of the stresses coronavirus puts on healthcare workers, public servants, and the public psyche in mind, I created this art piece, “Angel of Hope and Strength.” This piece was created to celebrate the courage of healthcare workers specifically, and generally symbolize the spirit of hope, strength, compassion, and resilience that we can all find in ourselves and share collectively. It’s a tough time even for tough people, but we will all fare better if we summon the better angels of our nature.”
© David Austin, Vancouver
© Amy Danning Sun, Vancouver / “My first public mural came to an end after 7 days of hard work. Within these days, I didn’t want to sleep, didn’t want to eat. All I wanted was to go there and paint again. It has reignited my long dormant passion for creating art.”
© Emily May Rose & Haenahhh, Toronto — “Home Sweet Home: We hope they make you think of better days to come. Please enjoy while practicing safe physical distancing… more on the way!”
© Graffmatt for SAATO Gallery — “Degradation”
© Kai — “Not all heroes wear capes”
© Kobra, São Paulo — “Shall we lower the impact of the new coronavirus on the lives of the neediest people?”
© Distoart, Jersey City
© Reederone, “Old Friend” — “Inspired by our new reality”
South Broadway Street Art, Denver
© Rafamon, Rio Santa Teresa Neighborhood — “This Will Pass”
Tyler Street Art, Mumbai — © Indranil Mukherjee/AFP Photo
© Gaspard Lieb, Rouen — Projection on a school from his balcony
© Tomo 7701 — “The celebration of nature: One of the positive things out of this pandemic is to see the nature kingdom roam the earth, without being killed.”
Absurdly Well, Washington DC — © intheroughstyle
Unknown, New York — © StreetArtChick
Pony Wave, Venice Beach — © Mario Tama/Getty Images.
Bandit, New Orleans — © Chris Graythen/Getty
© HULA, Miami — “COVID-19 wrecking everything. Found this chaotic wall to paint a new piece out on the water.”
Melbourne — © Wayne Taylor
© Swed_Oner — “We’re all a bit groggy right now. Isolation, the evils of disease, the media, lots of questions and little answers”
© Jillyballistic — New York
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