Out of Order Too

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Out of Order Too

Out of Order Too

Creative Youth By Creative Youth

Inspired by David Mach's iconic 'Out of Order' sculpture, we will liberate the 12 phone boxes and create 12 individual pieces of adaptable public art that will animate, signpost and promote Kingston.

Kingston upon Thames Idea stage

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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:

  • Design, build and site 12 adaptable phone boxes as pieces of public art
  • Provide a solution to advertising problems in the town centre for events such as the International Youth Arts Festival
  • Work with up to 30 young people introducing them to public art projects which benefit high streets

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:

  • A project plan will be put in place by Creative Youth who will manage and oversee the project
  • Professional artists will work alongside young people from 3 courses at Kingston College to create the work
  • We will work closely with RBK and Kingstonfirst to site the boxes in the areas that most benefit the high street
  • Young people will work alongside staff at Creative Youth to project manage and learn about Cultural Economy projects

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.

Location Kingston upon Thames

About the space

12 seperate locations around the town centre


Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

How will the money be spent?Total £23,414

Timber and cutting for 12 phone boxes - £7,800 (33%)
Lead artists @ £100 per day for 15 days x 2 - £3,000 (13%)
Paint, consumables, joinery for 12 phone boxes - £2,400 (10%)
Use of Kingston College workshops for 15 days - £2,250 (10%)
Installation of 12 phone boxes - £2,220 (9%)
Project Management - £2,000 (9%)
Design of phoneboxes - £1,000 (4%)
Marketing - flyers, posters, social media campaign - £600 (3%)
Other - £2,144 (9%)

Costs Breakdown

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Timber and cutting for 12 phone boxes
Lead artists @ £100 per day for 15 days x 2
Paint, consumables, joinery for 12 phone boxes
Use of Kingston College workshops for 15 days
Installation of 12 phone boxes
Project Management
Design of phoneboxes
Marketing - flyers, posters, social media campaign
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £23,414

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