Utility art

A few days back I read in one of the London newspapers about a borough councillor who was complaining about the profileration of what I believe are technically called ‘telephone utility cabinets’ – you know, the boxes that stand near street corners and connect all the local telephones with the exchange. (Unfortunately I can’t find the original news article, but it’s the sort of thing councillors complain about all the time.)

Usually telephone utility cabinets are painted green, that is when they are not covered in graffiti, in which case in Islington they are  covered in that anti graffiti finish that looks like dark grey artex. What utility cabinets are assuredly not are objects of beauty.

I was interested then, when strolling around the Old Street area on Sunday, to notice that there has clearly been some sort of project to turn the said boxes into works of art. This isn’t a new idea – apparently you can find plenty of it in places like San Diego and Los Angeles – and it’s something I think we should see more of in Britain.

Here’s a couple of photos I took of a couple of boxes on Whitecross Street.

Utility cabinet art - little house

Utility cabinet art - little house

Utility cabinet art - for the love of dogs

Utility cabinet art - for the love of dogs

 

Advertisements

About Holloway Rev

Paul Weary is a Methodist minister living and working in Holloway, North London.
This entry was posted in London and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s