Phone Booths Shockingly Morphed into Goldfish Aquariums

Since most of us have cellphones, public pay phones have become somewhat obsolete. Rather than using these stationary posts as originally intended (for making telephone calls), it seems we’ve shifted their purpose to being artistic monuments. We previously saw an art movement in Brazil where 100 artists transformed 100 pay phones and now we bring you to Japan where art collective Kingyobu has been repurposing phone booths into aquariums filled with goldfish.

The collective, whose name roughly translates as “goldfish club,” consists of five Kyoto University of Art and Design students that have taken the initiative to install goldfish tanks across several phone booths in Osaka. In Japan, the goldfish holds great symbolic significance. It is believed to bring happiness and prosperity, like an enchanting good luck charm. Thus, the resulting public aquariums offer something magical that is sure to catch the eye of pedestrians. They’re like something straight out of a fairy tale and, given Japan’s cult following of the shimmering, aquatic pet, this project is all the more fascinating.

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via [My Eclectic Depiction of Life, Chie Gondo, Saburo Shikoku, MASA PHOTOS]

November 29, 2016

Klimt-Inspired Golden Map of Manhattan Celebrates the Bright Lights of New York at Night

Though designer Rafael Esquer has lived in New York City for 20 years, he’s still in awe of its bright lights and buzzing nightlife. As the founder of Alfalfa Studio, a branding and graphic design house based in Lower Manhattan, he creates pieces inspired by his enlightening experiences in the Big Apple. His latest project, a shimmering map entitled Iconic New York Illuminated, captures the magic of Manhattan after dark.

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