Aquarium Phonebooth

You might be inclined to think the photo above is a peak into a future post-apocalyptic landscape, something out of Kevin Costner’s dreadful Waterworld. But you would be wrong. Nope, it’s a whimsical installation for Lyon, France’s annual Festival of Light.

Lighting designer Benoit Deseille and artist Benedetto Bufalino, who was responsible for the Pac-Man street light installation, transformed a non-working phone booth into an aquarium, saying, “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.”

I don’t know what that really means, except that the duo have managed to take something ubiquitous, something cast-aside and unused and turned it into a place of beauty. It does invite pedestrians and passerby’s to escape from the confines of the city, to imagine a world of wonder and playfulness, to take something people take for granted and turn it into something that makes them stop, pause and smell the figurative roses.

Not unlike the Pac-Man installation.

More cities should find a way to recycle discarded urban structures and turn them into bite-sized places of nature. [via good]

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  • Kim March 5, 2011, 12:10 am

    the big fish on the second photo looks like a little koi. Can i find somewhere bigger pictures?

  • Kamillo March 5, 2011, 12:06 am

    Super duper cool.

  • Stephanie March 4, 2011, 1:02 pm

    Wow! That's really cool!