01/18/2012 02:56 pm ET

100 Years of Olympic Posters (VIDEO)

In the early 1900s, the posters used ancient Greek figures to represent the ethos of the Olympics. Today, however, artists are exploring abstractions and wild colors in order to convey their work to a contemporary audience. Through these images, we can see the evolution of Olympic-themed artwork.

"Ideally [the artists are] telling a simple message but telling it in an artistic way," Hamish McDougall, a Canary Wharf spokesman, told the BBC.

You can see the BBC video on the Olympics posters here: