A mystery artist who left his or her work on the steps of Salford Civic Centre is being urged to come forward so the city can say thank you.
The 1.5 metre high painting, titled The Frontline 2020, was left by two men last Friday without any details of who was responsible.
The bright and bold artwork pays tribute to key workers who have kept the city going through the COVID pandemic, including nurses, cleaners and bin crews, set against a Salford background.
City Mayor Paul Dennett said he was baffled but delighted by the donation.
“It is absolutely stunning, a really powerful piece of art and I am so grateful to whoever is responsible,” he said.
“It captures the real spirit of Salford and the dedication of our key workers who have kept the city going through these difficult times. I’d love to say thank you directly to the artist and we can do that anonymously if they prefer. It’s beautifully painted and really captures a moment in our city’s history.
“The coronavirus pandemic has affected this city greatly and it is important that when the time is right we have a fitting tribute to remember those who have lost their lives to the virus in the city.”
Arrangements are now being made to put the painting on public display in the city.