In order to promote Kingston as a place to live, work, play and do business we wish to work alongside professional artists and 3D design, Art Foundation and Engineering students at Kingston College to create 12 individual phone boxes each with their own unique design.
The phone boxes will be exhibited around the centre of the town, encouraging the public to explore and visit each end of the town to see all the sculptures. The design of each phone box can be adapted and changed in the future so we have a series of revolving art works, and some will also incorporate sound and video projection technology.
The phone boxes will also help solve a long running problem in the town of how we advertise and promote events by becoming the perfect poster boards for high profile events in the town reducing fly posting and litter and encouraging Kingston to have a similar feel to places such as Edinburgh during the Fringe and Festival whilst embracing imaginative solutions to advertising problems.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
It utilises the most iconic and recognised image of Kington and allows the image to progress, wander and invigorate the whole town instead of one area. This project will playfully encourage the public to explore more of the town, it's businesses, attractions and culture.
By replicating the exact number of phone boxes in 'Out of Order' the public will be able to work out by themselves, how many there are to discover in the town therefore making it more likely they will try and find them all and explore the whole town.
Importantly the phone boxes will be adaptable pieces of work. They can be redesigned by new artists, sound and projection performances pieces can take place within them and they can be used as advertising hoards for local events.
The 30 young people working on the project will not only work as artists, but in project management, learning skills around public realm, town centre improvement and cultural economy projects.
Steps to get it done:
The phone boxes will be sited in a combination of obvious locations and some slightly more obscure locations such as on rooftops, encouraging people to move beyond the same places they always visit and ensuring the journey of discovery always remains playful. We will work with Kingstonfirst (BID) and the borough to ensure we are siting phone boxes in places which will most benefit the local economy and culture
By ensuring they are a cohesive set, but each unique and individual in design it will ensure people visit even the most lost and under visited areas of our town as they search for each phone box.
The phone boxes will mirror the David Mach sculpture and reinforce the identity of Kingston allowing a strong USP for future projects. Although managed by Creative Youth, the resource will be a platform for any town project, event or business that wants to use them creatively.
The boxes are designed to be long lasting, strongly weather proofed and engineered to be built to last.
About the space
12 seperate locations around the town centre
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
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