The mischievous French artist who turned an old caravan into a swimming pool
French artist Benedetto Bufalino has been transforming ordinary cars into surreal art installations for several years now. His latest work adventurously reclaims an old caravan and miraculously turns it into a functional, mobile swimming pool.
Bufalino's latest impressive piece of whimsical engineering started by taking an old trailer and systemically gutting the entire inside. His team then reinforced the entire body with a strong steel frame skeleton before incorporating a functional pool into the structure.
The final result is an eye-catching, and fully operational, swimming pool, that can hold a significant number of people. While the final images do show the pool-caravan filled with people on a lovely summer's day, it is unclear how mobile it is when full of water. One would have to assume that while the caravan frame still functions as a transportable trailer it would be way too heavy to actually move when completely full.
Still, Bufalino's work is not aimed at creating actual pragmatic products for the marketplace – it's all about the eccentric and mischievous repurposing of old objects into new an unexpected installations.
This isn't the first water-based experiment from Bufalino either, back in 2014 he diced up an old Seat Ibiza to turn it into a working jacuzzi. His unconventional aquarium pieces also created some starkly surreal juxtapositions, more recently turning an industrial excavator into a real, living aquarium.
Bufalino's other work transforming cars and automobiles is just as eye-catching. Earlier this year the ambitious artist successfully turned an old Ford Mondeo into a real, working, wood-burning pizza oven. Other weird and wonderful installations include an upside-down car streetlight, a limousine ping-pong table, and a concrete mixing truck turned giant mirror ball.
Take a look through our Bufalino gallery to see more of the artist's extraordinary work.
Source: Benedetto Bufalino / Instagram
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And no, there's no way that thing is mobile when loaded. Even if it was lower to the ground (every hillbilly knows pop-up campers make better pools), the movement of the water on top of weight, make it unsafe. If it was a sealed unit, with a much stronger set of axles (like, you know, a tanker), that would work.