London loves having quirky public art all around the place in aid of good charitable causes. We’ve had the Elephant Parade, the Gorillas on the South Bank and now ArtBoxes!
What’s this one all about? There seem to be far fewer famous British red phone boxes around since we all have mobile phones but in the last few weeks hundreds of wonderfully decorated phone boxes have appeared all round the centre of London. One of our great charities is called Childline and is a confidential helpline for children to contact when they are in distress and now it is also a website. This year they celebrate 25 years of good work and have joined up with BT for this great project. We get to enjoy the boxes and an auction of each box will raise funds for Childline so you could buy your very own box!
The original red phone box was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott to commemorate another big jubilee, King George V’s Silver Jubilee, back in the 1936. Scott is also famous for his design of Battersea Power Station and Waterloo Bridge and his grandfather designed St Pancras Hotel and the Albert Memorial – what a family!
Here is my photo gallery of Artboxes and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
|Olympic tribute in the West End|
|St Pancras Station by Eurostar|
|For singers in Covent Garden|
|Accessorize the shop, Covent Garden|
|Moody one in Covent Garden|
|Shiny gold from Ted Baker, Covent Garden|
|Theatrical, Covent Garden|
|Butterflies, Covent Garden|
|Peek a boo, Covent Garden|
|Fashion, Royal Opera House|
|Atlas? Covent Garden|
|This one is knitted! Trafalgar Square|
|Big Ben on Trafalgar Square|
|Love Life on the South Bank|
It’s full steam ahead to the Olympics London 2012 so stand by for more about the fun and madness in London.
Bye for now,