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Glass-blown gravity-defying desktop aquarium

By Leonard Ho - Posted Mar 04, 2015 09:00 AM
The Echappée (Escaped) aquarium by Sébastien Cordoleani is what happens when Art Nouveau meets fish tank. The amorphous glass-blown dome is meant to convey the idea of flowing water. Fish are able to swim into the dome, which stays filled with water thanks to atmospheric pressure holding the water in.

Echappée Prototype

Craftman : Vincent Breed
Dimensions : basin : L 60, W 40, H 11 cm / extension : L 40, W 30 x H 40 cm
Material : glass
Photos : © Erick Saillet

This type of "aquatic high-rise" concept is nothing new.  People have installed similar above-water water columns in aquariums and ponds for years, as we've written about. But in terms of artistic merit, the glass-blown organic design of the Echappée is heads and shoulders above conventional rectangles.  Just don't draw the short straw when it comes to deciding who cleans the algae off the glass.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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