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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:

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Image of the Day: Bioluminescent Seas Under a Starry Night

Photographer Phil Hart captures the stunning ecological side-effects of Victoria's 2006 bush fires.


This incredible shot, by photographer Phil Hart, uses a long exposure (an hour and a half) to capture the rotation of the stars and the glow from bioluminescent algae at Gippsland Lakes in Victoria, Australia.

On his website, Hart has a gallery of similarly gorgeous images documenting the glowing blue Noctiluca scintillans algae, which have colonized the Gippsland Lakes ecosystem as an unexpected consequence of catastrophic wildfires in the region in 2006. Visit his website for a full explanation of the multi-year chain of environmental events that led to this night-time light show, as well as for more stunning images.

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Image of the Day: "Doubling Happiness" with a Swing Set Billboard

Didier Faustino turns a billboard into a swing set.


The artist and architect Didier Faustino's Doubling Happiness turns a billboard into a swing set. Rather than prompting passers-by to purchase something, it simply asks them to play. Or, in the artist's elevated parlance:

Double Happiness responds to the society of materialism where individual desires seem to be prevailing over all. This nomad piece of urban furniture allows the reactivation of different public spaces and enables inhabitants to reappropriate fragments of their city. They will both escape and dominate public space through a game of equilibrium and desequilibrium. By playing this “risky” game, and testing their own limits, two persons can experience together a new perception of space and recover an awareness of the physical world.

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