Phone Wreckers Are Idiots


The Wind Phone.

By anonymous art collective Altrúchas.

Near Stepaside, County Dublin.

The Wind Phone is a private space to meditate on life and loss. It is a place where you can speak privately and openly and your words will be carried on the wind to wherever you want them to go.

Any excuse

An Fón Gaoithe (Altrúchas)

49 thoughts on “Phone Wreckers Are Idiots

  1. Billy Kremlin

    That is awful, beggar’s belief.

    I was an unruly yoof in my day, but I’d still know to smash something as beautiful as that.

    More of a 6 yokes and 8 cans guy

    Can it be replaced?

  2. mildred st. meadowlark

    Why would they do such a thing? I can’t understand that mentality.

    Even if you don’t appreciate it for yourself, can you not appreciate that it might mean something important to another.

    This is why we can’t have nice things etc.

    1. Topsy

      Mildrid. If you can’t understand the mentality of those dregs who demolished the phone box, then you’ve lead a sheltered life I’m afraid. When I saw the piece about the phone box on TV last week, I thought it would survive about a month – I was way out.

    2. Hairman Chao

      Looking at the pile it was left in I suspect it was done by someone who favoured the mountain in it’s more natural state.

  3. Nigel

    A bit of a long trek for an act of petty vandalism, though, surely, and hillwalkers don’t really seem like the sort, as a general rule.

    1. Rois

      I thought the same, doesn’t seem like the kind of spot unruly teens would be hanging about in.

  4. wearnicehats

    It’s an awful load of old trouser though. If you can’t find enough beauty in that landscape for contemplation you’re not going to find it inside a box. It’s really doing nothing except spoil the view and, given the relatively neat pile of firewood that’s left, I suspect the “vandal” in question was a lot older than you’d imagine.

  5. GiggidyGoo

    Bet they tried to ‘tap’ the numbers, but with digital, it didn’t work. So got mightily peeed off.

  6. gerry

    Have you heard the expression “leave only footprints”? The landscape is a space for contemplation with putting a phone box up. Maybe council workers have broken it up and will be back to remove the litter.

    1. Harry Molloy

      I know it well and it’s an important principle but I don’t think this action was in keeping with that principle.

  7. Kenny U-Vox Plank

    Christ, life is hard in cargo bike, Educate Together, Electric Picnic South County Dublin innit?

  8. Kenny U-Vox Plank

    Disused Telefón boxes belong in one place only: Irish pubs in the U.S. and Czech Republic. Not the wilderness. Ironically I’d say there was dhrink involved. The morning after somebody will be talking to their god alright – on the big porcelain telephone.

  9. Harry Molloy

    Fecks sake, this is precisely why we don’t have nice things.

    I remember being in Australia and seeing they had free electric bbqs in almost all their Parks. You just pushed a button and cooked your food. No one ever messed with them. And I remember feeling sad thinking they wouldn’t last a wet week in Ireland without a traffic cone or something melting on it.

    And now we don’t have public toilets.

    If its one thing I’ve come to realise of late, it’s that as a society we need rules and the credible threat of enforcement or we seen to feck this place up. That’s the case whether it’s banking, charities, or public order.


    1. Luke Warm

      Good points Harry.

      We just need to eradicate the scum. Starting with people who take their news and views from the Indo.

  10. Turgenev

    Why are (some) Irish people so anti-Irish? Vandalism happens everywhere. Maybe these vandals didn’t like the answer they got when they spoke privately and openly to the wind?

    Meanwhile, yeah… maybe just put an old phone on a rock and wire it in, rather than erecting a whole phone box?

  11. Frilly Keane

    I’ve a question
    If they’re Anonymous
    This Art Crowd that put it there in the first place

    Why are they called Altrúchas?

    The Vandalism started by erecting the thing there in the first place

  12. Kenny U-Vox Plank

    Irish Times letters (irrelevant as usual) today:

    A wind phone in the mountains

    Sir, – In 2010, Itaru Sasaki built in the garden of his Japanese home a phone booth with a difference. He called it a wind phone, and he used it to help him come to terms with the death of his cousin. His words, rather than being carried by phone lines, would be carried by the wind to his cousin. A very Shinto concept. The following year the terrible tsunami hit Itaru’s coastal hometown of Otsuchi killing over one in 10 of the population. In the aftermath, Mr Sasaki opened his garden wind phone to the public, and it soon became a place of pilgrimage for people trying to cope with terrible loss. A noble act by Mr Sasaki to help his grieving neighbours.

    A few days ago an anonymous group of Irish people called Altrúchas set out to imitate the Japanese wind phone and in what must have looked like a scene from a Father Ted show carried a generator, fuel, drills, planks, paint, tools, and everything else needed to build a mock-up of a phone box up the heretofore unspoiled heather coated slops of Two Rock mountain.

    Permission was not sought. Opinions were not canvassed. Environmental effect was ether not considered or else discounted.

    The people who erected this eyesore were, I am sure, well meaning but anyone who comes to the beautiful area needs neither permission or the Craggy Island phone box to feel the spiritual power of the landscape and to contemplate, pray or just remember those no longer with us.

    The structure should in my opinion be removed and replaced with nothing. Some places are best left alone.
    Yours, etc,

    Churchtown, Dublin 14.

    Sir, – Danny Healy-Rae has claimed that fairies are responsible for subsidence in a road in Kerry (News, August 7th). Those who were inclined to be sceptical might note that the sudden appearance of a public telephone box in the Dublin hills near Fairy Castle suggests that Doctor Who is also taking the problem very seriously. – Yours, etc,

    Templeogue, Dublin 6W.


    1. Goosey Lucy

      Jesus, bad times when I find myself agreeing with some (probable) grumpy oul lad from the Times letter section.
      Now this art group need to collect the pile of poo and leave the place as they found it- wild and unspoiled

  13. Kenny U-Vox Plank

    The second photograph looks like a PRE-installation one. Is the thing still there? These vandalism claims look like a windup…

  14. Spaghetti Hoop

    Nice idea but was there any public consultation at its planning stage? We have a development plan for a reason, largely to stop people building rogue structures on their property or elsewhere which may intrude on protected vistas and/or ecosystems. Is there an approval on file from SDCC? I’ve searched via their map but found nothing. The dismantling therefore could have been done by a local residents or environmental group, as its all neatly piled up for removal. They’ve probably done Altrúchas a favour by not reporting them.

      1. Spaghetti Hoop

        Right so. We’ll all have a crack at erecting structures about the place in the name of art.

        If it’s a temporary structure, then at least they’ve saved on some dismantling time.

        1. It Won't Stand Up In Court

          The same argument was used when the lads put up that poster during the Gay referendum i.e. it should be subject to planning blah blah blah

          But political speech and artistic expression are protected in this country. It’s very clear that this was no attempt to litter or create an eyesore for the sake of it. Sorry for you that you’re so small-minded

  15. Stephen

    im suspicious of the whole story, how RTE happened to interview the first person to see the phonebox; how did that occur? art is good when its original, this idea was copied from elsewhere, it did indeed look like something out of father ted (which was great but unintended), the demolishing of the thing adds to the publicity and maybe it’s a stunt.. the building of this without permission in this landscape is arguably vandalism similar to the smashing it down. an interesting short story nonetheless! the moral of the story is: dont try!

  16. Painkiller

    More likely it was a SJW who equated the celebration of a vintage phone box with a symbolic return to more traditional, patriarchal Ireland. It just had to go. And if not for high summer and acknowledgement of gorse victimhood, it would have been burned to the ground.

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