London’s Iconic Tumbling Telephone Box Installation Has Had A Makeover

Kingston’s iconic telephone box sculpture has been refurbished to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

The ‘Out of Order’ installation, which consists of twelve tumbling telephone boxes, has been revealed today after a bit of a zhuzh up. Located on Kingston’s lovely Old London Road, the sculpture has been a landmark since it was first installed in 1989. (Feature image: @cocotinede

David Mach beside his Kingston sculpture, 'Out of Order.'
© David Parry

The piece was created by David Mach, one of the UK’s most successful artists and a former lecturer at Sculpture School in Kingston. He’s known for his large scale collages and sculptures all over the world, but this one is particularly special to him.

David Mach beside his Kingston sculpture, 'Out of Order.'
© David Parry

He says of the installation’s refurb: “I’m very happy to see Out of Order being refurbished. It’s one of my best outdoor sculptures. I love these boxes and isn’t it funny that even in these times and although they were removed from the British landscape, I feel they still bind us as a nation.”

On Saturday April 6, Kingston-upon-Thames will be throwing a big party to celebrate Out of Order‘s 30th birthday. There’ll be street entertainers and free photo opportunities from the local Snappy Snaps.

For more London-based art, check out this almighty list of exhibitions to see in 2019

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