You could call it the art of phone boxing in Falkirk
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Andy Warhol had his cans of soup, Leonardo Da Vinci had the Sistine Chapel, Tracey Emin had her unmade bed, Damien Hirst had his sheep and now the local authority is looking to use the classic red K6 phone boxes scattered around the district as venues for artistic installations.
The three phone boxes which currently have active planning applications are located in King Street, Stenhousemuir, Seaton Place – near Paterson Tower – and Scotia Place, both in Falkirk.
In its design statement to its planning department, Falkirk Council said: “The traditional red telephone box is of great significance to Falkirk as the Carron Company were the first producers of the kiosks.
“Our aim is to regenerate disused K6 telephone boxes into a public art display. Exhibits will be temporary and will change intermittently throughout the year. A number of potential displays have been discussed, all of which promote Falkirk’s heritage or allow local educationally focused groups and institutions to engineer a display of their own.
“Information will be displayed in the windows of the K6 boxes to provide more details on the exhibit inside – these will also change intermittently alongside the display.”
The council also stated small Improvements will also be made to the K6 boxes themselves, including repairs, re-painting and a deep clean, before any display is placed inside.
Locks will be fitted on the doors to secure the exhibit.
The planning application comes at a time when local groups, including Falkirk Made Friends (FMF), are attempting to preserve these bright red pieces of history.
And one Falkirk resident, former BT engineer Eric Liddle, even has one in his back garden.