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The phone booth was once a ubiquitous staple of civilization that gave people a way to communicate on the go. But with the advent of cell phones and mobile technology, they’ve become less and less commonplace, since most people no longer rely on them. But what happens to all the phone booths that still dot city streets around the world?

Many times, they’re simply hauled off by city officials, but sometimes, clever artists, designers, and engineers turn these old staples into unexpected works of art. Over the years, they’ve become tiny libraries, emergency medical stations, bars, Wi-Fi hotspots, and more. But these designers just took things to a whole new level.

Designer Benoit Deseille and artist Benedetto Bufalino collaborated to turn an old phone booth into an impressive aquarium.

Designer Benoit Deseille and artist Benedetto Bufalino collaborated to turn an old phone booth into an impressive aquarium.

The aquarium, which still has the original phone inside, has been a big hit with the public.

The strange combination of nature and technology makes the ordinary booth seem almost magical.

The strange combination of nature and technology makes the ordinary booth seem almost magical.

Watch footage of people enjoying this amazing piece of art in the video below:

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(via So Bad So Good)

You can see more of Bufalino’s work on his website. Like the phone booth aquarium, much of it also uses everyday items in new, surreal ways. He loves to challenge our expectations. The next time you pass a payphone and wonder what will happen to it, consider all the unexpected, delightful things that it could become.

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