On a usual day in London an adventure to find all the phone boxes in London would appear easy, a little ridiculous (they are on every second corner right?) and moreover boring. While we acknowledge the iconic red telephone box provided the inspiration, today we are on the hunt for something a little more creative and arty. From almost being removed from the Barclays Bank Building in Canary Wharf to dodging pigeon poo at Marble Arch we found many telephone boxes. Some beautiful, some funny and quirky, some royal, some posh and some sexy!
The result is over 60 phone boxes discovered. As you have guessed, these are not just any phone boxes! They were specially designed for the BT ArtBox project, launched to celebrate a true British Icon and 25 years of the charity ChildLine!
The open-air art exhibition involved 80 more telephone boxes placed all around London, from Heathrow to Stratford. The boxes were on display for a month before being auctioned off at the National Portrait Gallery. A large group of creative talent were asked to re-style the red telephone box with their own artistic flair. The selected talents included Sir Peter Blake with Swarovski, Nina Campbell, Julien Macdonald and many more architects, fashion designers, artists, sculptors and interior designers.
A number of the BT ArtBoxes were selected for a VIP Gala Auction hosted by Sotheby’s at the National Portrait Gallery. This remarkable project transformed Gilbert Scott’s red telephone boxes into stunning works of art on London’s street whilst raising money for a fantastic charity. All the funds raised were given to ChildLine, UK’s free, 24-hour helpline and online service for children in danger or distress. Trained volunteer counsellors provide advice, protection and comfort to young people.
Now you are the lucky ones who can view the phone boxes shown below without having to buy a day travel card, the blisters and crowd dodging.