A red British telephone booth in downtown Laguna Beach is past its heyday.
It's time for a makeover.
Tuesday evening, the City Council voted unanimously in favor of just that, in the form of an Arts Commission-led temporary sculpture exhibition project. By approving the item on the meeting's consent calendar, the council backed the competition guidelines for the installation of rotating artwork on Forest Avenue.
The K6-style telephone kiosk, designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in 1935, once housed a public telephone, but it was unplugged in the face of ubiquitous cell-phone coverage.
"It's just an empty box, which looks unsightly and uncared-for," cultural arts manager Sian Poeschl said. "There are some cobwebs and dirt inside, and it could certainly be infused with vigor."
So long as the booth's door remains closed, the artist, who will earn $2,000, is free to install art on the interior or exterior of the box. While the city will maintain the donated work, it will remain the artist's property and be returned after two years.