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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.

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Images courtesy of BT Telecom/ArtBox Project

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