London Calling: Artistic Phone Booth Takeover
Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, black taxi cabs and red phone booths — they're all iconic to London and are fan favorites when it comes to tourist photos. Out of this group, however, the phone booth is getting a whole new look as of late guaranteeing they'll be in a whole lot more photos in the coming weeks. Project ArtBox sponsored by BT in an effort to rasie money for ChildLine in celebration of its 25th anniversary has commissioned 80 phone booth artistic takeovers.
Having invited artists from around the globe to put their individual touch on the iconic red phone booth, the project has had no problem scraping up top names like 2002 Turner prize winner Keith Tyson, Romero Britto and Royal Academician Professor of Sculpture David Mach and even fashion designers Giles Deacon and Zandra Rhodes.
In a press release Esther Rantzen OBE, founder of ChildLine and patron of the BT ArtBox project says, "The red phone box is a much loved symbol of British culture and I'm keen to see how the artists involved will create new masterpieces from such an iconic canvas. It's fantastic that the proceeds from the sale of the boxes will raise vital funds to support the work of ChildLine, enabling us to help many more children and young people to get comfort, advice and protection when they need it most."
If you so happen to fall in love with one of the phone booths while strolling down the streets of London, fear not. The booths will be sold at auction so bid away!