BT celebrates phone kiosk's birthday with projections

Giant images of BT's classic red K6 telephone box were projected onto buildings to celebrate the design icon's 80th birthday.

BT: projections for design icon
BT: projections for design icon

The projections were beamed last night (5 October) onto several of the company's central London buildings, including its headquarters near St Pauls.

David Hay, head of BT Heritage, said: "The red telephone box and in particular the classic K6 is an important part of the UK’s history and regularly tops the polls as a design and cultural icon. They’re recognised by people around the world. The K6 is held in great esteem and is an ambassador for the UK around the globe - many are now found in countries as diverse as the US, Cuba, Brazil, Switzerland, Hungary and Germany."    

Out of a total number of 46,000 working public payphone kiosks on the streets of the UK, around 8,000 are traditional red phone boxes, of which the majority are K6s. The architectural significance of the traditional phone box has seen 2,400 kiosks designated as grade II listed buildings.

BT is also providing for sale a limited number of refurbished examples of traditional phone boxes so that people can buy their own piece of history. To commemorate the K6’s 80th birthday a small number of kiosks are being specially painted in a Union Jack design instead of the standard bright red.

The BT Tower is opening its tower to help raise money for RedR, the disaster relief charity, on 25 November.   

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