Artist takes over NYC’s obsolete phone booths

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May.May 13, 2017 12:30 PM

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For an entire year, NYC’s phone booths — those holdovers from another era — will be transformed by an artist allergic to advertisements.

Caroline Caldwell’s project is called “Art in Ad Places” and actually started in January in Brooklyn when she added a print of “Shipwrecks of Unicorn Beach” by photographer Adam Wallacavage to a phone booth, according to Gothamist. Since then, she has featured artists Tatyana FazlalizadehMolly Crabapple and Shepard Fairey, among others.

Caldwell puts up one print a week, and then posts a photo of the work on Instagram alongside an artist statement.

“The infrastructure is there, but it doesn’t serve any purpose,” Caldwell’s partner RJ Rushmore told Gothamist, referring to the phone booths. “The basic concept for the payphone company is, ‘We’ll provide you with payphones and maintain the infrastructure. In exchange we’ll serve you advertising.’ Well, many of them aren’t working anymore. It seems like a really bad deal!”

[Gothamist] Christopher Cameron


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