When did you last see a telephone booth? The device we once relied on for convenient, on-the-go communication is now rendered obsolete. In fact, I don’t even have a land-line to connect with anymore. Today it is all cellular, all wireless and these coin-operated contraptions quickly phased out before we even realized it. Instead of keeping what few phone booths are left in their rusting, antiquated state, several artists around the world redesigned the call boxes as art installments to prevent these historic booths from ultimately becoming relics of the past. See the beautiful results of brilliant ideas and multiple projects after the jump!
The shark phone booth is an awfully clever twist provided by Renald, a Russian street artist. He turned every telephone booth in his hometown of Petrozavodsk into these whimsical oceanic terrors.
Another installment that struck me with awe is Paige Smith’s geodesic designs. The artist’s brilliant project covered tiny bits of LA’s urban landscape with crystalline shapes.
A closer look at the piece inside the booth shows the meticulous detail the artist executed with just paper. I praise her for her patience! Look at more of the project’s pieces here.
In the gallery, you’ll find other works by both familiar and new artists. There are some pieces that came straight from BT Artbox, the British public art collective, and it’s collection of redesigned phone booths. To see the full scope of these creative spins, click here.
There are even more photo booths at the source!
What do you think of these installments? Do you miss using telephone booths?