Artboxes in London

There’s a tendency in big cities to keep your head down and just get to your destination as quickly as possible. I remember well being given the advice, “whatever you do, don’t make eye contact!” Β In some places I suspect that’s very good advice. But, if you keep your eyes open, London quite often delivers some fabulous treats.

About a month ago, walking past Hyde Park at around 6pm, I encountered Pete Bishop. He was winding up a clock on top of a telephone booth and talking passionately about his Artbox. (See the video below)

Just that day I’d started noticing amazingly decorated telephone boxes dotted all over London – I’ve included photographs of three I found in Covent Garden. I did a bit of online research and discovered the BT Artbox. This project celebrates the 25th anniversary of Childline. Artists from around the world have been asked to design replica telephone boxes – and 80 of them have been placed around London for members of the public to enjoy.

Harvey Nichols’ Artbox

More photos of Artboxes can be seen here

Peek-a-Boo by Cosmo Sarson

Β And here

The Cure by MM

And if you’re in London and want to find some – check out the map.

On the 18th of July, the Artboxes will be auctioned to raise funds for Childline so if fancy one – register your interest on the website. In the meantime, enjoy hunting for Artboxes around the city. London can sometimes be the coolest city.

Can you spot C3PO on Pete Bishop’s Artbox?

4 thoughts on “Artboxes in London

  1. Great idea and great artwork of something truly British πŸ™‚ I’ve seen many of these type of things in various cities in the US – in Cincinnati, the flying pigs (Cincinnati was once called Porkopolis); in Las Vegas, the wild horses; in Asheville, NC, the black bears, etc. Really cool to find them as a surprise on a walk in a city πŸ™‚

    1. NYC had the cows too. I love the fact that it makes art accessible to everyone. And it’s a load of fun. πŸ™‚

  2. Thanks Vandy for sharing this ! I love this idea. I’d like to see something like that with our old boats in Brittany πŸ™‚ See you soon, yeah ! Bises.

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