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Old police, fire boxes now serve as artworks


WASHINGTON, D.C.: Decades after they helped save lives in the United States capital, police and fire department call boxes still stand on city corners, relics of a time when firefighters used horse-drawn wagons and cops walked the beat. Now, more than 40 years since they were last used as a fire alert and police communication system, the cast iron curiosities in downtown Washington are coming back to life as street art. To honor prominent women from Washington’s history, local artist Charles Bergen is jazzing up eight call boxes in the city’s bustling heart.


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