|The Artbox Project in action near the Tower of London.|
The classic red British phone booth( oops I mean phone box) of Dr. Who and James Bond fame, was originally designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott to commemorate King George V's Silver Jubilee. Though the cell phone took the iconic phone boxes out of service and off the streets some time ago, they live on in the imagination of Anglophiles everywhere.
Maybe that is why earlier this year, British Telecom decided to give some of Britain's most creative artists replicas to make art out of. just in time for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics. The BT Artbox Project is the result. Check out the photos below for an idea of what is scattered about the streets of London these days.
|Big Ben box with the genuine article in the background Image Credit Flickr User IanVisits|
|I love the wind-up key Isn't this cool?|
love the pidgeon on top, design by howoco
|Artbox for the digital age Image Credit Flickr User kenjonbro|
a bevy or artboxes on parade. photo source
At the end of the summer, the Artboxes will be collected and auctioned off for charity. In the meantime Londoners and visitors can enjoy them as they walk around. How cool is that? A complete gallery of the Artboxes and an interactive map to help you find them can be found on the BTArtboxes website
A big tip of my pink feathered vintage hat to Kuriositos.com ,where I found many of the pictures used here and where you can find even more pix and info about the BT Artbox project.