Iconic British Phone Boxes become Artworks for BTArtbox
I've been looking forward to seeing the BT Artbox project since I heard about it in February. Unfortunately, not working in London any more makes it difficult to see these events and displays, but I managed to get up to London a few weekends ago to see most of the phone boxes dotted around London.
The red telephone boxes are one of the symbols of the UK. Sir Giles Gilbert Scott created the first phone box for King George V's Silver Jubilee. The iconic telephone boxes have been given the artistic treatment by artists. There are over fifty phone boxes on display, and some of the artists include Ted Baker, Accessorize, Sir Peter Blake, Lilly Cole, Julien Macdonald, HoWoCo, Inkie, and Benjamin Shine.
The project helps to raise money for the children's charity, ChildLine, as it is the 25th anniversary. The telephone boxes are currently being auctioned off to raise this money, and they have now been removed from London's streets.
For more information about the BT Artboxes project, please visit: http://www.btartboxes.com
I've captured some photographs below of a few of my favourite telephone boxes.
Ryan Callanan's "Long Live Life Love", Cavendish Square
Willie Christie, "Kiss", at Mayfair
Michael Waller-Bridge's "Press for Help", Berkeley Square
Ian Ritchie, "Copper Box", Off Piccadilly Street
"Flower Box" by greyworld and "Beacon" by Steven Dray, both at Piccadilly Circus
Conveniently near Hyde Park Corner is "City of Birds", Pete Bishop
"Mr. Smith" by Justin Smith is located on Park Lane, near the Hilton Hotel
"Connected" by David Crow, near Broadgate Circle
Harvy Nichols designed this phone box, "Harvy Nichols London", located in Covent Garden
Soho Square is home to "The Teleporter" by Cameron H. Christie.
Trafalgar Square hosts a Big Ben phone box, "Big Ben BT Artbox" by Mandii Pope. To the right, details of "The Poetry of Life" by the DnA Factory (Spitalfields Market) and "How Many People Can You Fit into a Phone Box" by The Times (near Embankment Station)
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