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The Pay Phone Revival Project transforms abandoned pay phone booths into meaningful and interactive art installations in Austin TX.

Mission

The mission of the Pay Phone Revival project is to restore function and communicative potential to abandoned payphone booths while also creating meaningful interactions between pedestrians and their everyday surroundings in Austin, Tx. This will be achieved by commissioning innovative artists to transform them, by using them as the epicenter for art/design interventions in the urban landscape. Through an inclusive RFP process ten artist/teams were selected for round two of the Pay Phone Revival Project. The resulting art/design interventions will transform abandoned pay phone booths into dynamic objects that inspire play, create a new function, or tell a story.

Help us make it real!

Your donation will help us pay the artists, and pay for insurance and publicity costs. For your contribution you can receive a variety of thank you gifts, including limited edition prints, tee shirts, and a private tour of the art installations.

We have the artists lined up + $4,769 in generous support + an opening celebration and bike tour planned. All we need now is the remaining $5,915 + more fans to help us spread the word!

Participating Artists & Designers

LaRuche (AKA Clay Odom, Sean O’Neill, and Adam Owens)

Jessica Braun

Kate WatsonGabrielle Levine

Beth Ferguson of SOL Design Studio

Stefanie Distefano 

Richard Nix

Jamie Spinello

J.P. Marquardt

Carla Novi

Bridget Quinn

More tasty details! 

The Pay Phone Revival Project will make it possible to exchange letters with strangers, actively enter a narrative in which you choose how to proceed by pressing numbers on a phone’s keypad, amplify your voice, watch a selection of video by Texas based video artists and charge your cell phone or laptop while you wait for the bus. This is just a taste of the incredible work to come! The art installations will be exhibited for varying durations from Februaury 2012 until Ocober of 2012. Please help us make this a reality and support Central Texas based artists.

The Pay Phone Revival Project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the cultural arts division, the Downtown Austin Alliance, and The Fusebox festival.

FAQ

  • Longbranch Inn, 1133 E 11th St / Kate Watson & Gabriella Levine

    Plush Lounge, 617 Red River Street / LaRuche (Dumb Phone)
    Ideal Soul Mart 1133 E 11th St / Jessica Braun
    Gypsy Lounge, 1504 E. 6TH St. / Jamie Spinello
    East First Grocery, 1811 E Cesar Chavez / Stefanie Distefano (Mahatma Gandhi & The Virgin of Guadalupe)
    Spin N Kleen, 1902 E Martin Luther King / Carla Novi
    Mexitas, 1107 IH 35 / J.P. Marquardt (Dispatch Post)
    Urban Market 1905 E 12th St / Bridget Quinn (Xylophone)
    El Chilito, 2219 Manor Drive / SOL Design Lab (Solar Phone Booth)

    Ideal Soul Mart 1133 E 11th St / Jessica Braun

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    A project map/bike tour invite mailed to your home!

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    A project map/bike tour invite mailed to your home + your name on the "support page" of payphonerevival.com

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    A Pay Phone Revival Project koozie, to keep your beverages cold (be the coolest cat at the cookout!) + all the above (a project map/invite, your name on the project website)

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    A limited edition print of the installation of your choice + all the above (a project map/invite, your name on the "support page" of the project website, koozie)

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    All the above + a tee shirt (project map, your name on the "support page" of the project website, koozie, print, poster, tee shirt!)

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    A link to your website on payphonerevivalproject.com 's "main page", and "support page" + All of the above (a project map + koozie + print + poster + tee shirt)

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    A complete set of prints (all 10 of the art installations) + all of the above (a project map + koozie + print + poster + tee shirt + a link to your website on payphonerevivalproject.com 's "main page", and "support page")

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    A private bike tour of the art installations + your logo and link on the "mainpage" of payphonerevival.com + all of the above (a project map + koozie + print + poster + tee shirt + a link to your website on payphonerevivalproject.com 's "main page", and "support page")

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