British street artist Banksy is currently funding a rescue boat in order to rescue refugees in the Mediterranean Sea that are trying to reach Europe from Africa, according to the Guardian.
The Guardians stated that the boat rescued 89 people at sea on Thursday, with 14 of those being women and four children, with the crew looking to transfer them to a European coastguard vessel or else disembark them at a nearby port.
The boat, named “Louise Michel” after a French feminist anarchist, the boat features an artwork showing a girl holding a heart-shaped lifebuoy in Banksy’s style of art.
The rescue boat is being crewed by European activists that are vastly experienced in search and rescue, having already participated in two other rescue operations saving a total of 105 people that were then transferred to another rescue boat, Sea-Watch 4, according to the report.
Throughout his work, Banksy has often highlighted refugees and migration in art, yet his involvement has been limited to providing the appropriate finances to conduct the operations, the report said.
The Bristol-born artist, who has remained anonymous, has become famous for his political and controversial graffiti that has appeared in numerous cities around the world.
Last year, a painting showing primates sitting in Britain’s parliament sold for more than $12 million (€10.08 million) during an auction.
He has helped plenty of refugees and migrants in recent years, one such occasion being in 2015, when he sent fixtures from his temporary ‘Dismaland’ theme park in Western England to Calais, Northern France, to help an informal migrant camp there, which was home to thousands of migrants at the time.
At Calais, Banksy also created a mural of the late Apple founder Steve Jobs during the same year as the donation of fixtures.
He also raised plenty of awareness when it comes to migration in 2018, when he painted walls in Paris with murals based on that theme.