100 Artists Uniquely Design Phone Booths in São Paulo

Pay phones may not be as prevalent as they used to be, but who's to say that they aren't staples of our environments? In the metropolitan region of São Paulo, Brazil, phone booths serve as more than just obsolete stands due to the creative public art project titled Call Parade. The ongoing group exhibition, which is sponsored by phone carrier Vivo, has transformed 100 telephone booths into works of art by 100 different artists.

Each helmet-like booth features the work of an inventive artist's wildest imagination. The public shells are intricately adorned, painted, and illustrated on to depict anything from an elaborate mansion to a vibrant cartoon fish. The concept behind each booth is just as interesting as how the artists choose to fashion both the outside and inside of said shells. How fun would it be to come across one of these phone booths?

Photo credits: suckthislemon, Wally Gobetz
Call Parade website
via [Lustik, Colossal]

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Tags: Call Parade, art, design, installation, public art, sculpture

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Comment by Anne on August 31, 2012 at 1:15pm

This is so great. Plus it brings back the childhood memory of my mother telling me to always have at least 4 quarters with me. I would've carried a lot more change if phone booths looked like this.

Comment by Pinar on August 16, 2012 at 1:58pm

@Philip: Refreshing is the right word! We hope to share more public art as inspired as this one.

@Quim: No problem! Thank you for contributing to such an ambitious project!

Comment by Quim Alcantara on August 15, 2012 at 4:47pm

Hi, Pinar, thanks for spreading the Call Parade!
I am proud to have participated in this project. Initiatives like this show that art is a great ally of marketing.
I really enjoyed your text and the pics.
PS.: If you have the opportunity to visit phone booths, be sure to check mine in the Pinacoteca do Estado.
Best, artist Quim Alcantara

Comment by PHILIP FLORANCE on August 8, 2012 at 10:16pm

I anxiously wait for these gems to come along, and this one is excellent. So refreshing to see great creative public art initiatives.


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