Why this FDNY Call Box on the Bowery is Now Painted Fluorescent Red
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One of the last old-school FDNY call boxes on the Bowery is now part of an art installation. Stroll over to the corner of Rivington Street; this ornate piece of street furniture (a sculpture, really) is freshly coated with eye-grabbing fluorescent red.
We are told that the Two Rams Gallery across the street had previously secured permission to paint the call box as part of its latest exhibition. “Alarm!” is a solo effort by French-born artist Alexis Dahan, who investigates “the experience of the city streets as a source for visual experimentations, a location for public art interventions and a place to disseminate philosophical content.”
According to press materials:
Three public interventions will take place on the street directly outside the gallery: the old fire alarm on the corner of Rivington and Bowery has been repainted with fluorescent red, one pothole on the pavement has been filled with ultramarine-colored water in order to create a Blue Puddle and a yellow news rack has been repurposed to carry and distribute a philosophy and art theory newspaper entitled Alarm!
“Alarm!” debuts at 212 Bowery (on Rivington) February 5, and continues through February 22.