A bright red icon of London is the telephone booth. However, these famed structures are more than just a place to make a phone call. They have become a canvas for street artists. These are a few of my favorites.
After seeing my first WRDSMTH street art a few months ago I am now constantly searching the streets for more of its works. The other night I was ecstatic when I stumbled upon two works pasted to the side of two different London red telephone booths. These two text pieces provide words of wisdom for taking chances in their relationships. Have you seen any WRDSMTH works? If so, please tell me!
I Want To Make a Phone Call // Michael Grahm // Photograph by Francesca Brisbois
Red telephone booths are not a common sighting in the United States, let alone in the costal town of Laguna Beach, California. However, a city famous for its local art scene, this piece is one of its latest installations. Designed by artist Michael Grahm, the work, which is situated on Forest Avenue, consists of an old fashion red telephone booth with a metal figure desperately trying to open the door. Grahm repurposes a vintage object while adding a contemporary, comical spin. No one uses telephone booths anymore, so why is this figure so desperate to enter the booth? To actually make a call? For free wifi? To escape the rain? You tell me.
The red telephone booth of London seems somewhat prehistoric in this digital era. A telephone booth in Covent Garden differs from its brethren by displaying a cry for creativity. The message mourns the societal practice of preaching the need of “painting by numbers” and urges us to instead “create what you feel.” A pretty nice philosophy imprinted on the face of London’s iconic telephone booth.