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Image of the Day: Aquarium Phonebooth

Lighting designer Benoit Deseille and artist Benedetto Bufalino transformed this phone booth into an aquarium, as part of Lyon's Festival of Light.

Lighting designer Benoit Deseille and artist Benedetto Bufalino transformed this phone booth in Lyon, France, into an aquarium, as part of the city's annual Festival of Light. In an accompanying statement, the artists explain the inspiration behind the piece:


With the advent of the mobile telephone, telephone booths lie unused. We rediscover this glass cage transformed into an aquarium, full of exotically colored fish; an invitation to escape and travel.

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It's a creative way to transform disused infrastructure into an everyday source of wonder and beauty—or, if you're of a more pessimistic frame of mind, a vision of our climate-changed future.


On top of that, there's something whimsically compelling about seeing tropical fish interacting with a phone: cross-species communication, anyone?

Story and images via PopTech, via the Institute for Augmented Ecology.

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