A collaboration that brings together Skegness, England with Bad Gandersheim, Germany for the State Garden Show. 
[Landesgartenschau]
Location: Bad Gandersheim 
Date: 14.04.23 - 15.10.23 (6 months)​​​​​​​
ENGLISH
A new symbol of hope!
Artist John Byford is active again in Bad Gandersheim / "His" phone booth is now green.

Everyone knows him: the English artist John Byford from Bad Gandersheim's twin town of Skegness crouches concentrated in front of the specially imported telephone booth on the Stiftsfreiheit and waves his brush. Again and again, he reports, people come by and greet him with "Hi, John". Unfortunately, he doesn't know most of the people, but he's happy that he's become so well known in "his beloved Bad Gandersheim"

In 2015, Byford brought the discarded "Phonebox" with him, to be redesigned several times afterwards. "The boxes," Byford said, "are part of the cityscape of London and are internationally renowned and historically significant."

In 2018, the Englishman designed the telephone booth white to commemorate those who died in World War I. In the following year, 2019, the “box” received the artist’s next coat of paint. This time in blue to focus on the approaching "Brexit".
The basic idea for the respective transformations is linked by an element that works on several levels and promotes understanding: "The message of continued peace. (The Message of Perpetual Peace)".

The phone booth is a symbol of communication and this is necessary to maintain and strengthen this fragile peace. “We need to talk to each other,” Byford affirms.
In this sense, the new coat of paint, a lush green with a pink window frame, is intended to convey a message that the artist considers particularly important in the current situation: "Hope!" 
With all the terrible things that are currently happening in the world, from the war in Ukraine to environmental catastrophes such as the floods in the west, hope is the motor to be able to defend ourselves against these circumstances. The proportion of pink adds a delicate femininity to the overall picture, which means "fresh ideas" for him. He sees this realised with the State Garden Show, which will also bring a lot of these fresh ideas and many visitors to the city. 
He is extremely happy for his "second home" Bad Gandersheim.
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GERMAN
Ein neues Symbol der Hoffnung
Künstler John Byford ist wieder in Bad Gandersheim aktiv / „Seine“ Telefonzelle ist jetzt grün
Man kennt ihn: Der englische Künstler John Byford aus Bad Gandersheims Partnerstadt Skegness hockt konzentriert vor der eigens importierten Telefonzelle auf der Stiftsfreiheit und schwingt den Pinsel. Immer wieder, so berichtet er, kommen Leute vorbei, die ihn mit „Hi, John“ grüßen. Er kenne den größten Teil der Menschen leider nicht, freue sich aber, dass er in „seinem liebgewonnen Bad Gandersheim“ soviel Bekanntheit erlangt hat.
2015 brachte Byford die ausgesonderte „Phonebox“ mit, um sie im Anschluss mehrmals neu zu gestalten. „Die Boxen“, so Byford, „gehören zum Stadtbild Londons und sind international bekannt sowie historisch bedeutsam.“
2018 gestaltete der Engländer die Telefonzelle weiß um an die Gefallenen im Ersten Weltkrieg zu erinnern. Im Folgejahr 2019 erhielt die „Box“ dann den nächsten Anstrich des Künstler. Dieses Mal in Blau um den nahenden „Brexit“ in den Fokus zu rücken.
Die Grundidee zu den jeweiligen Umgestaltungen verbindet ein Element, dass auf mehreren Ebenen wirkt und um Verständnis wirbt: „The Message of continued peace. (Die Botschaft des fortwährenden Friedens)“.
Die Telefonzelle sei ein Symbol für Kommunikation und diese sei notwendig, um diesen zerbrechlichen Frieden zu erhalten und zu stärken. „Wir müssen miteinander reden“, bestärkt Byford.
In diesem Sinne soll auch der neue Anstrich, ein saftiges Grün mit rosanem Fensterrahmen, eine Botschaft übermitteln, die der Künstler in der aktuellen Situation als besonders wichtig erachtet: „Hope!“ (Hoffnung). Bei all den schrecklichen Dingen, die aktuell auf der Welt geschehen, von Krieg in der Ukraine bis zu Umweltkatastrophen wie dem Hochwasser im Westen, sei die Hoffnung der Motor sich gegen diese Umstände wehren zu können. Der Anteil Rosa füge eine zarte Weiblichkeit zum Gesamtbild, dass für ihn „frische Ideen“ bedeutet. Diese sehe er mit der Landesgartenschau verwirklicht, die zudem eine Menge dieser frischen Ideen und zudem viele Besucher in die Stadt spülen wird. Er freue sich ungemein für seine „zweite Heimat“ Bad Gandersheim.
Ringing the changes for 'The Box' once more in Skegness' German twin town
A telephone box is keeping the communications open between Skegness and its twin town in Germany is ready to make a call again for a major horticultural show next year.
Local artist John Byford has recently been back to Bad Gandersheim overseeing its latest colour change - green and pink ahead of the Landes­garten­schau Flower Show - an event the equivalent of Chelsea Flower Show in which the town has been invited to exhibit a Skegness garden.
This is the penultimate art project for John in Bad Gandersheim - and he says it is most likely the biggest opportunity yet to spread the word to Europe about what Skegness has to offer.
Deputy Mayor of Bad Gandersheim Ingrid Lohmann recently wrote about the new project in her local newspaper. 
She said: "The new coat of paint, a lush green with a pink window frame, is intended to convey a message that the artist considers to be particularly important in the current situation - 'Hope!'
"With all the terrible things that are currently happening in the world, from the war in Ukraine, to environmental disasters such as the flood in the west, hope is the engine to be able to defend itself against these circumstances.
"The proportion of pink adds a delicate femininity to the overall picture, which for him means 'fresh ideas'.
"He sees his vision realized within the state horticultural show, which will also bring a lot of these fresh ideas and also many visitors to the city estimated to be in the region of one million."
John first took The Box to Bad Gandersheim in 2014 when it was yellow to celebrate Lincolnshire Yellowbellies, and since then it has been redesigned several times.
In 2018, he designed The Box in white to commemorate those who died in the First World War and a civic ceremony took place in Bad Gandersheim, where John and the then Mayor of Skegness Coun Sid Dennis were special guests. All the names of the young men who gave their lives in both towns were read out.
The following year, 2019, the The Box received the artist's next coat of paint - blue to focus on the approaching Brexit.
The basic idea behind the respective redesigns is linked by an element that works on several levels and encourages understanding: 'The message of continued peace and friendship'.
The Box is a symbol of communication and this is necessary to maintain and strengthen this fragile peace. “We need to talk to each other,” continued John.
Preparations are currently being made for the horticultural show's English week next August, in which a renovated bench from the town's Pier will be included in the Skegness garden. Skegness Silver Band will also perform during the English week.
Regarding his latest project, John said: "The collaboration that brings together Skegness with our twin town of Bad Gandersheim, Germany for the Landesgartenschau is a wonderful opportunity to showcase just what delights we have to offer here on the Lincolnshire’s culture coast.
"Next year's exciting commission to construct a ‘coastal garden’ will be my biggest installation to date, not only strengthening our friendship in a post Brexit world, but placing Skegness firmly on an international platform. 2022 will be a great year for the arts!"
John was recently awarded honoured citizenship of Skegness for his commitment to promoting the town through arts and culture.
His ‘Peep Box’ travelled to Sweden and Denmark, with his ‘Made in England’ project visited Germany, Hungary and Italy.
John has also been a regular contributor to the SO with projects such as ‘Hide & Seek’ at Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve, and ‘Day Tripper’ in Hull, York and Nottingham. His ‘Patience’ exhibition at the Embassy Theatre was featured on BBC arts
The importance of the continued relationship with the German twin town was emphasised in a message from the Mayor of Bad Gandersheim Franziska Schwarz after John was made an honoured citizen.
She said: "I fully support the choice made by Skegness council. It recognises his engagement in Bad Gandersheim in combining his work as an artist as well as supporting the friendship of our towns.
"As long as I am part of the council and throughout my time as mayor, I remember art projects he created for us. First there were exhibitions in cooperation with our arts circle. John initiated an exchange of works from artists of Skegness to present their work in Brunshausen (the city gallery) and organised an exhibition of regional artists from here in Skegness.
"Those were fantastic opportunities for all of them to receive public attention. The most lasting and prominent project though is The Box in the centre of our town.
"With much effort and many trips from England to Germany, John gave an object to our town, that to this day is an eye-catcher that we would not want to miss. With never ending enthusiasm he gave The Box changing meanings over the years, always discussing themes of communication and bonds between our people.
"We are now looking forward to a contribution to our upcoming garden show next year. We have always understood that all the effort John has made in the arts was motivated by his wish to promote the friendship between our towns and countries.
"Whenever John Byford appears in Bad Gandersheim, people recognise him and receive him as a friend. We all look forward to his next visit and will hopefully be able to celebrate this new honour together."
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