'public toilets' by luzinterruptus 'public toilets' by luzinterruptus
aug 20, 2009

'public toilets' by luzinterruptus

‘public toilets’ was installed in san ildefonso square and surrounding side streets in madrid, spain image courtesy of luzinterruptus

‘public toilets’ was an intervention consisting of 80 male urine containers – ones used in hospitals – that luzinterruptus installed along san ildefonso square and surrounding side streets in madrid, spain. each of the vessels was filled with yellow water and lit, dotting the streets in fluorescent light. the project was a response to the lack of shame people have urinating in the streets during all hours of the day. this kind of behaviour is what’s makes the centre of madrid look so run down, filling the street with bad smells.

‘public toilets’ was meant to attract attention to this situation, in a comical way. it was a message to those who have this custom of urinating in the streets to respect the public property, and also a way of bringing awareness in trying to find a solution to the problem perhaps through urban furniture, where peple can urinate without bothering others. luzinterruptus set-up the emergency urine containers, so called ‘wet spots’ by following a smell trail, for anybody to use. some were used while others, supposedly were taken home by individuals for which purpose is unknown.

it took four hours to install all 80 urinals and they stayed in place between 4 to 8 hours.

each urinal was filled with yellow water and lit image courtesy of luzinterruptus

lined-up against a wall of graffiti image courtesy of luzinterruptus / gustavo sanabria

outside a closed shop image courtesy of luzinterruptus

hung on various street furniture image courtesy of luzinterruptusa pathway of lit urinals image courtesy of luzinterruptus

the urinals were placed in a very busy public square dotting the streets with bright yellow lights image courtesy of luzinterruptushidden amidst some garbage cans image courtesy of luzinterruptus

a fluorescent yellow urinal image courtesy of luzinterruptuslighting a dark corner – typical urinating spot image courtesy of luzinterruptus

  • Very smart!

    Rafael Alcantara says:
  • The idea is interesting, but how are they supposed to get clean? what bout issues like vandalism?

    shikha says:
  • yeah, vandalism might be an issue-someone might piss on them!!
    lol

    mattban says:

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