Kingston's renowned Out of Order sculpture was unveiled Thursday (April 4) following renovation work.

The famous sculpture, also known (and best described) as 'Twelve Tumbling Telephone Boxes', is the work of Artist David Mach.

The artwork was undergoing renovation after experiencing signs of wear and tear like rust typically associated with outdoor sculptures.

The restoration of the telephone boxes was implemented by Kingston First, the Business Improvement District for the town centre, with support from the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames (RBK), and Danehurst, the property developers of the student accommodation adjacent to the sculpture on Old London Road.

The quirky artwork was first inaugurated in 1989.

It's creator Mr Mach, a former lecturer in the Sculpture School at Kingston University, attended the unveiling of the newly renovated artwork and said he was pleased with the results.

Mr Mach said: "“I’m very happy to see Out of Order being refurbished. It’s one of my best outdoor sculptures.

"I love these boxes and isn’t it funny that even in these times and although they were removed from the British landscape, I feel they still bind us as a nation."

Other attendees at the unveiling included Kirsten Henly, chief executive of Kingston First, Mark Yonwin from Danehurst and RBK Council Leader Liz Green.

Cllr Green said: "We're delighted to work with Kingston First and other partners to see this landmark in Kingston refreshed and reinvigorated for residents, businesses and visitors to enjoy. We're looking forward to continuing to work on initiatives which both continue to showcase Kingston's cultural and historical offer and enhance the town's offer in this way."

Meanwhile Ms Henly said that Kingston First were "proud" to have supported the renovation efforts, and Mr Yonwin said that staff at Danehurst were "absolutely delighted" to have been involved in the refurbishment.

"Being right outside our new student accommodation building, Viridian Studios, it is only logical that we support the efforts to maintain it," Mr Danehurst said.

Out of Order celebrates its 30th birthday this Saturday (April 6). Kingston is celebrating the occasion with some special nods to the sculpture including street performance artists and free photo opportunities at the artwork courtesy of Snappy Snaps Kingston.