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   Undertoad  Thursday Feb 26 03:26 PM

2/26/2004: London's toilet art installation



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Public restroom facilities are always an issue in cities, but here's another take on it: as art. This looks like a box of mirrors, but it's really a shitter with one-way glass:



...so you can use it and watch the rest of the world, while they can't watch you. The name of the exhibit: "Don't Miss A Sec".

I would use this.



BrianR  Thursday Feb 26 04:20 PM

What happens if you turn on the light inside after dark?



Elspode  Thursday Feb 26 04:25 PM

Geez...talk about shy bladder.

It would be really great if the walls were liquid crystal, and they were programmed to randomly go instantaneously clear.

Now *that's* art!



Leah  Thursday Feb 26 05:28 PM

I was over in London & Paris recently and I refused to use these toilets that are out in the middle of the street. You never know what dirty bugger has been in there earlier. Harrods & the Ritz was a much better choice and even came with a nice selection of perfumes for you to spray to your hearts content.
Call me a snob, I don't care.



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Feb 26 09:48 PM

But a clean snob.



Leah  Thursday Feb 26 09:50 PM

Why.... thank you Bruce.



Michael Roth  Friday Feb 27 02:35 AM

Cleanliness is next to Godliness, unless of course you are in Safeway, when it is on aisle 4 next to pet food.



hermex  Friday Feb 27 03:52 AM

Now this, on the other hand, is great art.



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Feb 27 09:28 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by hermex
Now this, on the other hand, is great art.
That depends on which side of the glass you're on.


Dotster  Friday Feb 27 09:35 AM

If anyone is ever in Amsterdam there are some great toilets in the Museumplein. The cubicle doors are clear glass until you lock them and they automatically mist up - clever stuff



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Feb 27 09:43 AM

Welcome to the Cellar, Dotster. I remember seeing a thing on TV about how they work. It was talking about using them as house windows for controlling passive energy gain and loss. Then they showed the toilet door application in a night club. Not for the paranoid.



Dotster  Friday Feb 27 10:03 AM

Thanks for the welcome!! Those toilet doors were still a bit seethrough though but it's Amsterdam and you can see worse (Or better!!!! ) in the shops



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Feb 27 10:26 AM

I guess the level of concern changes when you're talking about seeing or being seen.



Beestie  Friday Feb 27 10:30 AM

Quote:
The cubicle doors are clear glass until you lock them and they automatically mist up
Works great till the power goes off.


jaguar  Friday Feb 27 10:38 AM

judging by most nightclub toilets i've been in, if that happens you've got bigger problems.



Undertoad  Friday Feb 27 10:44 AM

Hi Dotster, I use your domain registration services all the time!



Dotster  Friday Feb 27 12:02 PM

Hello Undertoad Wish it was me I might be a bit richer!!!!



Dotster  Friday Feb 27 12:06 PM

Has anyone ever used one of those Japanese toilets that have all sorts of gadgets? I haven't but I'd like to know if it would be worth a try



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Feb 27 12:19 PM

WARNING! Dotster, do not push the button labeled ATE.
automatic tampon extractor



Dotster  Friday Feb 27 01:40 PM

That could be very nasty if you sit too far forward on the seat



russotto  Friday Feb 27 03:22 PM

One of the Stephen Starr restaurants in Philly also has bathrooms with the clear wall that mists up when you close the door. I don't know which one though.



chrisinhouston  Friday Feb 27 03:48 PM

Anyone who has been a Boy Scout in the USA and gone to Philmont, the Scout ranch in New Mexico gets used to the latrines in the back country which come with plenty of fresh air and a view!

This in is know as a Pilot to Co-Pilot



chrisinhouston  Friday Feb 27 03:49 PM

This one is a Pilot to Bombadeer



Happy Monkey  Friday Feb 27 03:51 PM

I spent 10 days at Philmont, and somehow I think I only used one of those one time. I'm not sure how that worked out. We must have had a lot of base camps with real (ie enclosed) facilities.



glatt  Friday Feb 27 04:17 PM

Best outhouse view I ever had was in one on a pass in New Zealand. This is the view from sitting on the throne:



tjennings  Friday Feb 27 04:47 PM

They really need to somehow combine this thing with that remote viewing kiosk from a few months ago.



Dotster  Friday Feb 27 05:13 PM

Hello chrisinhouston I find your toilet picture a bit disturbing. What are the holes in the side for? Did you really have to sit on a toilet with a hole in the side that people could poke twigs, branches or whatever through? Has it had any lasting effects? Like the idea that you can hold hands with a friend while using it though!!!!!!



Dotster  Friday Feb 27 05:15 PM

Hello Glatt - I'd never get off that one soooooo beautiful



Dotster  Friday Feb 27 05:22 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by glatt
Best outhouse view I ever had was in one on a pass in New Zealand.

Dare we ask what you passed?


Happy Monkey  Friday Feb 27 05:22 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Dotster
What are the holes in the side for? Did you really have to sit on a toilet with a hole in the side that people could poke twigs, branches or whatever through?
It's to avoid the buildup of dangerous gasses.


xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Feb 28 12:25 AM

Damn, Glatt, does anyone in NZ have two legs the same length? Looks like there's not much flat ground to go around.



chrisinhouston  Sunday Feb 29 09:25 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by Dotster
I find your toilet picture a bit disturbing. What are the holes in the side for? Did you really have to sit on a toilet with a hole in the side that people could poke twigs, branches or whatever through? Has it had any lasting effects? Like the idea that you can hold hands with a friend while using it though!!!!!!
Happy Monkey is on the right track, but I think it's more of a way of letting the mountain air help circulate and aid in decomposition. I actually had a mouse run in and out once while I was taking care of business.

You see less and less of these now out there, they are mainly on trails that require materials to be brought in by horesback. More females in the program have made for outhouses with more privacy but less of a view.


OnyxCougar  Sunday Mar 7 08:07 PM

We had the tv n for background noise the other day and CNN Headline news had a superbrief blurb on this. Steve said, "look honey!" I looked up and scoffed. "I saw that weeks ago on the Cellar. Keep up."



richlevy  Sunday Mar 7 10:41 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by glatt
Best outhouse view I ever had was in one on a pass in New Zealand. This is the view from sitting on the throne:
First class scenery, world class movie locations, and Lucy Lawless.

Man, I have to go there someday.


dar512  Sunday Mar 7 11:46 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by glatt
Best outhouse view I ever had was in one on a pass in New Zealand. This is the view from sitting on the throne:
Oh, look! There's Frodo!


glatt  Monday Mar 8 10:30 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by richlevy


First class scenery, world class movie locations, and Lucy Lawless.

Man, I have to go there someday.
This outhouse is located on Mackinnon Pass on the Milford Track. The Milford Track is a 3 day hike. You reach this outhouse after a 3 hour boatride to the trail head and a day and a half of hiking. In this particular valley (The Clinton valley), they say you can drink the water straight from the stream. There are no nasties in it. So deep in the wilderness, and so few hikers going through, that it hasn't been polluted by any kind of bug. I drank from my canteen anyway.


xoxoxoBruce  Monday Mar 8 11:22 AM

3 hour boat ride, day and a half hike? Seems like a lot of trouble to take a crap. I thought 30' to the outhouse was bad.



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