If you’ve been wandering around London recently (or following us on twitter @lawfullychic), it’s likely that you’ll have already come across some rather innovative works of art dotted about the capital.
Phoneboxes now seem more like relics than useful communication devices these days, but they are very much part of the London landscape. Never has that been more true now that Gilbert Scott’s original design has been reworked and reinterpreted by leading artists whose colourful, thoughtful “phonebox artwork” can be seen in various locations including the South Bank, Covent Garden, St. Pancras, Carnaby Street and Heathrow.
The official name for this phonebox frenzy is BT Artbox, a massive open-air exhibition that brings us artwork from artists such as Sir Peter Blake, Zaha Hadid, Giles Deacon, Philip Treacy, Rob and Nick Carter, David Mach RA and Stuart Semple. It’s a celebration of two things – the Diamond Jubilee and the 25th anniversary of Childline, a free, 24 hour helpline and online service for children suffering or in distress.
The project, which was launched in Trafalgar Square on 15 June and runs until 18 July, will culminate in the auctioning of all phoneboxes on eBay from 12 July, except for a select top 20 which will be auctioned by Sotherby’s at the National Portrait Gallery on 18 July. Proceeds will go to Childline which, since their establishment in 1986, has spoken to over 2.6 million children about issues ranging from bullying to abuse. It seems entirely fitting that phoneboxes be the focus of this helpline’s achievement.