The urban environment has been a place for artists, where the presentation of different works has been studied in their context. When considering who the art belongs too, there have been questions of whether it belongs to the museum, the public, the artist or itself. This essay argues that art belongs to the space for which it is created or installed. The urban space in which the art form is installed is the space to understand the meaning of the art; its visual-semiotics is indeed influenced by the urban space because social participation is created by such art forms. This essay presents two such art forms in the urban landscape of London, Britain’s Red Phone Box and the Big Blue Cock at Trafalgar Square are the two urban art forms discussed. The discussion focuses on how meaning is given to the art based on the space in which it is situated.
Britain’s red phone box has somehow become the symbol to depict Britain and British people. These red boxes have a special place in the hearts of the people of Britain as they consider these boxes as a part of their historical background design. This box was originally designed in 1920 as a public telephone booth and it has no real use in the current era where people have switched over to mobiles. The quirky designs of the red box have a number of fans following (Urban, 2012). However it has also become a target for vandals. The boxes have no use in the current times. Since it has become an icon to depict Britain, people wanted to find some use for it. There was an innate sentimental value attached to it so people did not want to discard it. The box when introduced was considered a new invention but now things have changed. The people and the local communities are trying to find some uses for these boxes and in order to preserve the sentiments they have converted them into art forms, some with usability (BBC, 2009). These boxes have been converted into Kiosks, lending libraries, even public toilets and art pieces. The boxes designs have been changed into something original and innovative.