Banksy Transforms His Own Bathroom Into an Art Installation While in Quarantine

Bathroom Art Installation with Painted Rats by Banksy

As anyone who is currently in quarantine knows, finding things to occupy your time is key. While many can work from home, what happens if your career revolves around creating public art? Banksy, arguably the world's most famous street artist, answered that question for us with his latest Instagram post.

While Banksy's work has appeared everywhere from Israel's West Bank to Manhattan, this latest installation is a bit more intimate. Little painted rats scamper about in what appears to be the artist's bathroom. Posted along with the caption, “My wife hates it when I work from home,” the photos are a fascinating look at Banksy's creative mind in action.

From the looks of the photos, these mischievous rats have been having some fun in the bathroom. One swings from a towel ring and stretches out its small paw to make the toothpaste splatter, while another runs over a roll of toilet paper. There's even a rat making use of the facilities, though its aim is clearly off the mark. And in the mirror we see one rat doing the same thing many of us are—marking off the days in quarantine.

Not only is Banksy's work the bit of humor that we all need right now but it also proves that the creative mind can't be stopped. Even when shuttered indoors, it will still find a way to come out. In fact, many artists are sharing their own projects online in the hope of inspiring others to explore their creativity. This includes a wedding photographer who has taken up shooting LEGO weddings in lieu of the real thing and Spanish street artist Pejac, who is asking people to transform their windows into art.

While stuck in quarantine, street artist Banksy transformed his bathroom into a clever art installation.

Painted Banksy Rat Stepping on Toothpaste

Banksy Rat Jumping Over Toilet Paper Roll

Banksy Rat Paint on Toilet Seat Lid

Rat by Banksy Painted on a Bathroom Wall

Bansky: Instagram

All images via Bansky.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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