Banksy Pranks British Telecom with Bloody Telephone Booth

This retro British Telecom (BT) telephone box, pierced by pick axe, was a recent unauthorized outdoor art installation by guerrilla artist Banksy in London’s SoHo square. It was removed shortly afterwards by the London City Council.

BT later jokingly offered to purchase it and place it in their lobby, describing it as a, “stunning visual comment on BT’s transformation from an old-fashioned telecommunications company into a modern communications services provider.”

Somehow we think the PR spin proffered by BT deviates slightly from Banksy’s artistic intent.

Can you hear me now?” [Collision Detection]


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  1. Bubba Barney says:

    Speaking of. Have you seen the state of American pay-phones? I got locked out of my place recently, on accident, and had left my cell inside.

    I walked a 3 block radius around my place, and every single pay phone was broken and hacked to pieces.

    I feel sorry for the people who can’t afford cells, or land lines. What are they supposed to do?

    I had to go to a local restaurant to call the locksmith. It did, however, let me get some food and drinks, and listen to some jazz while waiting for the dude though.

  2. Ben Popken says:

    It’s so true. I don’t think they’re maintaining payphones at all, anywhere, anymore.