Mural tribute to NHS unveiled near St Thomas’ Hospital

Josh Salisbury (01 May, 2020)

The location was chosen because it is close to St Thomas' Hospital

36543The mural was unveiled today

A mural in tribute to NHS workers has been unveiled near to Southwark tube station – of a superhero costume bearing the words ‘NHS’.

The artwork is on Cornwall Road underneath Waterloo East railway station and the location was chosen because of its closeness to St Thomas’ Hospital.

It was completed today by street artist Lionel Stanhope, who observed social distancing rules while painting the piece.

“Network Rail saw a small version of this mural I had done just for myself and gave me the opportunity to do a much bigger version on a wall, to say thank you to all our incredible NHS staff,” he said.

“The location means I can do the work and can still distance myself so this is really the least I can do.”

Lionel has also painted other murals across south-east London from Brockley, Hither Green and Forest Hill.

It takes the total number of murals unveiled on Network Rail property to more than thirty.

The company’s Eddie Burton works with communities to use public art to improve railway arches and bridges.

He said: “We’re really proud of our job carrying NHS workers to their jobs and our stations at Waterloo, Waterloo East and London Bridge are next to key hospitals in London.

“We hope seeing this gives our health workers a boost as we know what an unbelievable job they have been doing.”

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