Pay to hear the sounds of silence

Updated: 2007-08-08 16:45

A German designer wants to sell a few minutes of silence to residents and travelers in Shanghai.

Andreas Rimkus has designed a series of silence stations - noise-proof booths that can hold up to 15 people at a time - that he would like to set up in busy areas around the city, such as Nanjing Road Pedestrian Mall.

People would pay a few yuan to enter and spend several minutes relaxing in silence, according to Rimkus, who compares them to public bathrooms.

He is in talks with the city's government to show off the idea, which he calls Shanghai Art Stations of Silence. Rimkus said he designed the silence station for the city because he believes Shanghai is a city that can make the impossible into possible.

The stations are designed like large public sculptures and come in various shapes, according to Rimkus.

"If the stations appear in the city, they will become the world's first stores to allow people to consume silence," Rimkus told the Oriental Morning Post.

He said the inside of the stations looks like a typical office, with space separated by cubicles.


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