It is probably one of the most amusing things I’ve heard when answering a work call: “Hi Faye, this is the Phantom Framer”.
Yes, I managed to talk to the elusive gilder today who has been framing signs in Teddington in south west London with ornate gold borders.
Straightforward road names, warnings to clean up dog mess and cycling information signs have all been spruced up.
Locals and observers further afield all seem to love it and most seem to agree that they all look rather nice.
But, it seems Richmond Council does not approve, and since the frames began appearing in recent weeks, many have been removed.
Undeterred, the Phantom Framer told me the work to beautify signs in Teddington will continue.
As I did a bit of frame spotting myself today to check out the latest “Street Art”, there was only friendly banter from other passers by, all smiling their approval.
I even spotted a couple of police officers turn a blind eye as they walked past one of the framed signs. Will Richmond Council now do the same as momentum grows to keep them?
A petition set up by a “John Framer” asking Richmond council to “Save our Frames” has been signed by over 200 people.
A journalist will always protect their sources and the Phantom Framer wishes to remain anonymous – a new Banksy perhaps?!