Unique Aquarium – Telephone Booths for Goldfish
It is always interesting to go through the mail to see what new and innovative ideas are being turned into an unique aquarium. This one is quite different.
It seems an the Japanese art collective called Kingyobu has decided to beautify the streets of Osaka, Japan is a decidedly different way. According to inhabitat.com, they are saving the Telephone Booths that are now obsolete and changing them into living pictures on the street!
Since 2011, Kingyobu, which literally means “goldfish club,” has been converting the barely-used booths into living ecosystems that are full of brightly-colored goldfish. The installations activate public squares, creating not only an art installation but a meeting point for locals to marvel and chat with one another.
Kingyobu’s first step is to totally waterproof the phone booth’s interior, sealing cracks around the doors and edges. The booth’s original bench and telephone are left inside, creating an underwater diorama akin to a home fish tank. As the tank is filled with water through a hose, the telephone’s receiver floats to the top, perpetually stuck in use. After the water and filter are installed, dozens of gold fish are added. At night, the tank glows from within, illuminating the town squares in which they are placed. The filters keep the water clean and clear, while the top opens like a regular tank to keep the fish fed.
This is quite an impressive way to recycle an older technology and turn it into something that will offer the area a definite upgrade with such a unique aquarium. It certainly is a much larger container than the standard fish bowl, so the living picture it creates is quite unique. The article is full of different pictures of these recycled booths
Unique Aquarium for a very special fish
The Japanese culture, as well as many other Asian civilizations, has a long time relationship with fish. Many traditions include keeping a fish as sign of good luck and fortune. The Japanese have an ancient connection to the goldfish, so the melding of the fish with a passing technology into something new and different, a unique aquarium to house a very special type of fish in the hearts of Japanese – and displaying them for the public to enjoy, quite the coup for the Kingyobu wouldn’t you say?