'Acts of kindness' sought by Michael Landy for Tube art

Passengers and staff have been invited to recall moments of generosity and compassion which they have experienced during London Underground journeys as part of a new art project on the Tube.

Acts of Kindness has been created by the artist Michael Landy, who is compiling tales over the summer.

People will be able to write their stories on posters at Tube stations from Saturday, or submit them online.

The selected tales chosen will go on display from 23 July.

Mr Landy, who grew up and still lives in east London, said he had the idea for Acts of Kindness after destroying all 7,227 of his belongings for an art project in 2001.

He wanted to "explore what value kindness has, what it means and what kind of exchange is involved in giving someone a helping hand", he said.

"I'm interested in what sort of exchange happens between strangers in an act of kindness."

It was "a gesture of trust between two people", Mr Landy added.

"I'm fascinated by when you see people prepared to give up something for somebody they don't know."

The stories Mr Landy chooses will be seen on platforms at Central Line stations including Liverpool Street, Holland Park and Holborn from next month.

They will also be published on the Art of the Underground website and then, later in the year, alongside adverts on Tube trains.

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