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Upcycle the London Way


As iconic as the Opera House is to Sydney, the Eifel tower in Paris, the proud red phone box holds it’s own as one of the British icons.

As I have mentioned earlier, this is a big year for London with the Jubilee and the Olympics, as such British Telecom have decided to take replica’s one of it’s iconic statements on the London Landscape and get the  juices of various creative minds working to transform the box in celebration. The Scheme is called BTArtBox.

These are due to be auctioned off later in the year in order to raise funds for the UK charity Child Line which will be 25 years old this year.  Here are some of the entires which are situated across London streets for all to enjoy…. if you can find them all I am sure that BT should offer a prize!!!  It would be a bit like hunting all the “Big” Australian icons!

Big Ben


Below New Zealander Mandii Pope putting the finishing touches to her Big Ben Booth.



Box Lounger


City of Birds – Pete Bishop


Benjamin Shine – Long DIstance


Poetry of Life – The DNA Factory


Twitter – a take on the modern day communication methods


These are only a few of the entries, have a look at the website gallery for more fab designs…..

For those of you with a penchant for crayons and glitter, you too can be part of the action with BT asking people to get creative and submit their designs using the following template:

Fun Phone Facts

  1. Did you know he good old British phone box was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott to commemorate King George V’s Silver Jubilee.

  2. Did you know that the phone box is officially known as a K6! – Think I prefer little red box!

  3. The K6 was the first phone box to be used outside of London and the red colour caused outrage in many communities- who argued it detracted from the beauty of their locality.  They were allowed to change the colours, ironically those communities that have held onto the iconic phone booth have now painted them red!.

So which one is your favourite…..? On with the colourful journey………….

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