Limited edition posters designed by leading contemporary artists will be given away at Waterloo tube station every day this week.
To mark the launch of the new Art on the Underground programme, which takes over from the Platform for Art series, five artists have been commissioned to create new works that will be given away to the public for free.
The five images have been reproduced as posters in editions of 25,000, making a total of 125,000 artworks to be given away. Poster stacks will be at Waterloo, King's Cross, Victoria, Paddington and Liverpool Street stations every morning and afternoon this week.
Turner Prize nominee (2006) Mark Titchner has created one of his trademark bold signage works with the imperious 'If you don't like your life you can change it!' emblazoned on it; Layla Curtis' intricately drawn London map is, on closer inspection, completely fictitious, as are James Ireland's exquisite collages of dramatic snow-covered mountain peaks: they are a composite of various mountain ranges, bathed in invented sunset and sunrise light. Katy Dove's delicate, pastel-hued watercolour has a strong graphic element; Klega's intense ink illustrations poke fun at human behaviour.
A different artwork will be given away each day this week 8am-10am and 4.30pm-6.30pm as follows:
• Monday – Mark Titchner
• Tuesday – James Ireland
• Wednesday – Katy Dove
• Thursday – Klega
• Friday – Layla Curtis