In 1935 the K6 (kiosk number six) was designed to commemorate the silver jubilee of King George V. K6 was the first red telephone kiosk to be extensively used inside and outside London, and many thousands were deployed in virtually every town and city. Today this British icon is still around and clearly visible around (almost) every corner in London. So what does this famous and endlessly photographed icon and the imaginations of some of our very best creative minds have in common? BT Artbox, the latest open-air art exhibition to take over the streets of London.
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of ChildLine, BT (British Telecom) announced the launch of the BT ArtBox project earlier this year and invited leading artists, designers and creatives from around the world to apply their individual talents to re-style our much-loved icon of British design. Participating artists include 2002 Turner prize winner Keith Tyson, Romero Britto and Royal Academician Professor of Sculpture David Mach, along with fashion designers Giles Deacon and Zandra Rhodes. All 83 artboxes are scattered all over the city and yesterday I took to the streets to find some of these beauties.
The BT ArtBoxes will be on display in high-profile locations around the capital between June 18 and July 16 before being auctioned off at a VIP Gala Auction at the National Portrait Gallery on July 18 to raise funds for BT’s long-time partner ChildLine and I hope to photograph most of these before they’re auctioned off. Watch this space!