LUMIERE DURHAM 2013, LUMIERE LONDON 2016, 2018
Originally created for the Fete des Lumières Lyon.
The iconic red British telephone box transformed into a tropical underwater world.
In a world where everyone has a mobile phone, the telephone box has become a reminder of the past. For this playful installation, artists Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille transformed it into an aquarium full of exotic fish. By doing so, the French duo invited us to dream of travel and escape from our everyday lives.
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