Art on the Underground presents Acts of Kindness – a new art project for stations and trains on the Central line created by Michael Landy, one of the UK’s leading artists, in collaboration with London Underground customers and staff.
This project celebrates the ordinary acts of generosity and compassion that take place every day on the Tube. From the 19th July, the first Acts of Kindness stories will debut at three Central Line stations: Liverpool Street, St. Paul’s and Holborn. Holland Park, Hanger Lane and Leyton will follow.
These artworks were created from an invitation earlier this year where customers and staff were asked to submit their stories of kindness to the artist via the TfL website. Landy then selected stories he received and represented them as poster artworks in stations and trains along the Central line. More stories will be published at the Acts of Kindness web page http://art.tfl.gov.uk/actsofkindness.
Michael Landy commented: “I guess I wanted to take that a step further. I was looking for the right situation to explore what value kindness has, what it means, and what kind of exchange is involved in giving someone a helping hand.”
I’m fascinated by when you see people prepared to give up something for somebody they don’t know. It’s a remarkable moment. It’s unexpected, life-enhancing. I think sometimes it’s easier to remember those times when people have been unkind. But once you start to notice kindness you see it happening more and more”