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.