7.AQUARIUM (Market Place)
Benedetto Bufalino & Benoit Deseille (France)
There’s something fishy going on in Market Place...
Image: Aquarium, Benedetto Bufalino & Benoit Deseille, LUMIERE 2013, produced by Artichoke in Durham, Photo Matthew Andrews
This is possibly the best thing I’ve ever seen
With the rise of the mobile phone, telephone boxes, which have been so familiar on our streets for years, lie unused. Collaborators Benedetto Bufalino & Benoit Deseille, created a new role for these defunct glass cages by transforming one into an aquarium full of exotic fish. This playful installation invited us to dream of exotic travel and escape from our everyday lives.
About the artists
Using art to poke fun at everyday objects, their latest creation follows a long line of similarly witty objects. Previous work includes a giant oversized picnic table and bicycles covered in cardboard. The pair have also exhibited a ‘Pac Man’ installation in Geneva that appears to be chomping into lampposts.
Supported by Fish Alive.
What the artists said
"Now that everybody has a mobile phone, rather than taking phone boxes away, why not keep them and fill them with water to turn them into aquariums? We like to play with the fabric of urban space, to shift things around. So we play with all the material that surrounds us to see how it can be combined. Just as someone writing sentences combines existing words, we combine existing forms to make them into something else."
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