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It’s surprising the crowd surrounding this peculiar urban aquarium installation isn’t bigger. The fish tank, designed by Benedetto Bufalino, was installed inside a phone booth in Lyon, France.
It’s fascinating by day, but at night when darkness sets it, the obscurity it adds to the streets is surreal. It illuminates to cast a brilliant blue aura and the live fish swimming inside are a true visual delight.
“With the advent of the mobile telephone, telephone booths lie unused. We rediscover this glass cage transformed into an aquarium, full of exotically coloured fish; an invitation to escape and travel,” the designer said.
“This uniquely Lyonnaise tradition dictates that every house place candles along the outsides of all the windows to produce a spectacular effect throughout the streets. The festival, which includes other activities based on light, usually lasts 4 days, with the peak of activity occurring on the 8th,” according to Wikipedia.