British Telecom's (BT) ArtBox project has invited artists and designers to make their mark on replicas of the iconic British telephone box. As jubilee celebrations die down and London's Olympic preparations get into full swing, the project — which will benefit charity — will place the ArtBoxes around London for the busy summer months. Many of the artists moved away from the traditional red color to create some dynamic, and fairly crazy works for the public exhibit, so click through to see some of the designs already located in London's Trafalgar Square!
The open-air art exhibition was launched this week to honor the 25th anniversary of children’s charity ChildLine – a service that provides advice for young people. It will culminate in a gala auction in the capital’s National Portrait Gallery in July to raise money for the cause. Leading artists involved with the project include Turner prize winner Keith Tyson and sculptor David Mach, who blew us away with his brilliant sculptures last year.
Each of the boxes are unfortunately not repurposed phone-boxes but are instead full-size, fibre-glass replicas of the original Sir Giles Gilbert Scott-designed K6 telephone kiosk. But here at Inhabitat we were pretty impressed with the cause for the public artwork. Also, BT’s organizers note that over 1,600 decommissioned red phone boxes have previously been sold to local communities for just a £1 in the company’s Adopt a Kiosk scheme. This brilliant concept has meant that the kiosks have since been transformed into a miniature art gallery, library, or installed with a lifesaving defibrillation machines.
Images courtesy of BT Telecom/ArtBox Project