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Thai street artist pays tribute to coronavirus health workers with mural

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.

By: Reuters | Bangkok | Published: May 24, 2020 12:47:47 pm
Street artist, Thailand, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Thai street artist, thai street art, Mue Bon, Coronavirus street art, coronavirus health worker, Trending news, Indian Express news. The mural depicts a winged character dressed as a health worker looming over a spiky image of the virus restrained by a padlocked red cross. (Picture credit: Reuters)

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.

“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 told Reuters.

Street artist, Thailand, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Thai street artist, thai street art, Mue Bon, Coronavirus street art, coronavirus health worker, Trending news, Indian Express news. Mue Bon, a Thai street art paints a coronavirus mural depicting characters attempting to keep a virus at bay. (Picture credit: Reuters)

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.”

Street artist, Thailand, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Thai street artist, thai street art, Mue Bon, Coronavirus street art, coronavirus health worker, Trending news, Indian Express news. Thai street artist Mue Bon poses near his mural which is a tribute to health workers during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). (Picture credit: Reuters)

While not a household name in Thailand, Mue Bon has had international success and his work has been displayed in Japan, the United States, 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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