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Timmy's Phonebox Goes on Show Beside the Royal Albert Hall

7 June 2012

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 Timmy Mallett’s full size model of the iconic K2 phone box painted in aid of Childline goes on show at the Royal Albert Hall from 16 June to 17 July 17 2012.

Timmy was invited to be part of the BT art box scheme by Esther Rantzen of Childline.

"I was in the jungle with Esther and she was very interested in my paintings from the series" explained Timmy "So I was delighted to be asked to help out in this fantastic scheme"

70 artists are decorating BT phone boxes and Timmy decided to make his part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee experience.

"I wanted make it an expression of the moment" explained Timmy "2012 is the year of the Queen’s diamond jubilee and the London Olympics so I made sure I included both in my phone box!"

The panels feature members of the Royal family in the phone box! Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, in her famous blue dress on her iPhone with a golden pram behind her. "We are so looking forward to the patter of tiny feet; I knew William and Kate wouldn’t mind me speculating like this!"

The central panel shows the Queen beneath her Royal Standard, phone in hand and a big smile on her face. At her feet one of her beloved corgis. "This is the year when Britain’s Got talent was won by a dog! So I was happy to add a corgi!"

The third Royal is Prince Harry in that classic Usain Bolt pose from his solo trip to the Caribbean this spring. It reminds us the Olympics are on the way!

The back of the BT art box shows a huge Union Jack rippling in the breeze and following the contours of the box.

Timmy has added some typical Mallett gags – there’s a Pinky Punky Mallett – reference to Harry and William’s favourite TV show as kids – Wacaday. Above Catherine are some yellow polka dots – Itsy Bitsy was the first record she bought. And Timmy’s signature is beneath the Queen "so that you have to bow to her majesty to find it!"

At the end of July the Ring a Royal BT art box will be auctioned by Sotheby’s at the National portrait Gallery. For more details and to register interest go to http://www.btartboxes.com/01ArtistDetail.php?artistid=42 

The box took two months for Timmy to create; and will be at the Royal Albert Hall on Kensington Road.

There’s more of Timmy’s art at www.timmymallett.co.uk

The video of the completed phone box is on YouTube here:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zHHIYb0fhE 

Look out for decorated phone boxes across London this summer as BT ArtBox comes to the capital.

BT ArtBox is a massive public art exhibition set to take over London's streets this summer, celebrating 25 years of ChildLine.

More than 80 full-size replicas of the classic Gilbert Scott K6 telephone kiosk are being made into stunning artworks by leading creative talents for a month-long showcase.

Besides Timmy Mallett, other designers include architect Zaha Hadid; fashion designers Giles Deacon, Zandra Rhodes and Julien Macdonald; artists Rob and Nick Carter, Ryan Callanan and Martyn Ware; sculptor David Mach RA; interior designer Nina Campbell; Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes and The Prodigy’s Maxim .

The project launches on 15 June when a selection of BT ArtBoxes will be on display in Trafalgar Square for the day. From 18 June – 16 July, you can see the BT ArtBoxes in landmark locations around London, such as Covent Garden, The Albert Hall, St Pancras Station, Carnaby Street, Hyde Park and even the shark tank at the London Aquarium.

For further information on BT ArtBox and to see how you can get involved check out www.btartbox.com and follow @btartbox for live updates.


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