Artist converts old city bus into public swimming pool

September 12, 2019 by  
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As the the last vestiges of summer are upon us, the residents of one French region can still squeeze out a little summer fun thanks to French artist Benedetto Bufalino . The artist, who is known for converting old automobiles into fun and functional objects, has recently presented the northern French region of Artois with a new public swimming pool , converted out of an old bus. Accommodating up to ten swimmers at a time, The Bus Pool offers locals a respite from late summer heat. The installation is part of a local program, “operation odyssey”, which hosts various events throughout the summer to attract visitors to the area of the Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin, an UNESCO World Heritage site . The pool was unveiled in late August and will be installed in three local towns until it finds a permanent home. Related: This 18th-century London townhouse hides a swimming pool under a glass floor Adding to his portfolio of transforming discarded vehicles into something fun and useful, the artist salvaged an old Tadeo model bus from the local transport graveyard. Once he completely gutted the interior seats and flooring, the next step was removing an entire side panel. Tipping it over onto its side, he then retrofitted the interior body of the bus with a custom shell so that it would be able to hold water. The finished product is a colorful swimming pool that measures almost 30 feet long and almost 8 feet wide. The pool holds up to 10 swimmers at a time and even boats a lifeguard station at one end. Water temps are kept at around 82 degrees at the swimming pool . The Bus Pool is the latest addition to Bufalino’s long portfolio of public art installations. In 2016, the French artist turned an old cement truck into a giant disco ball . + Benedetto Bufalino Via Designboom Drone photography by Romain Hayem

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French Artists Create An Aquarium Telephone Booth For Lyon’s Festival of Light

July 18, 2012 by  
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French lighting designer Benoit Deseille and artist Benedetto Bufalino’s aquarium is probably one of the craziest phone booth transformations we’ve seen! As phone booths become less and less useful individuals and organizations have undertaken to convert the outdated communication systems into everything from libraries to wifi hotspots . But this particular renovated phone booth was installed in Lyon, France as part of the city’s annual  Festival of Light during which locals place candles along the outsides of all the windows in gratitude to Mother Mary for allegedly sparing the city from plague in 1643. Read the rest of French Artists Create An Aquarium Telephone Booth For Lyon’s Festival of Light Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aquarium , Art , benedetto bufalino , benoit deseille , cellphone , cities , Climate Change , culture , Design , Environment , festival of light , fish , food , france , good pets , image of the day , Light , lyon , phone booth , Recycle , reuse

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