The UK is currently under lockdown and as a result streets are eerily empty.
But in the past few days avenues and roads have been been waking up to heart-warming greetings in a poster campaign.
“Be kind. Let’s look out for one another” is emblazoned on 560 billboards in vivid colours.
Originally designed for London, the “Community is Kindness” campaign has now spread outside the capital to ease fears about the coronavirus pandemic.
“I was struck by the boldness of it, it made me feel warm, and the message is bang on point,” said Jim, after seeing a poster in Hackney Wick.
Flora was on her way to the shops when she walked past a billboard.
“I saw it very early in the morning on a particularly grey stretch of road in East London and the colours caught my eye.
” I felt it was a timely and valuable sentiment, and especially appealing as there was no obvious branding.”
Khaly Nguyen of Jack Arts, the agency which created and funded the campaign, said: “We wanted to do something to help the community and keep spirits up.”
A new series of called “PLEASE BELIEVE”, to spotlight artists and keep Londoners inspired while self-isolating at home, is now covering billboards.
The first one up is by Mark Titchner, a Turner Prize nominee based in London, whose work often features on billboards and other public spaces across the city.
Initially designed in 2012, the “PLEASE BELIEVE” posters then reappeared during the 2016 referendum, when it took a completely different meaning.
Inspiring prints are not new. When Britain prepared for World War Two, the country took a similar approach.
The words “Keep calm and carry on” were produced by the British government to raise the morale of the British public, threatened with mass air attacks on major cities.