|Restroom art gallery opens in Ohio
[ 2006-07-31 08:35 ]
Anyone who uses the public restrooms in Yellow Spring, a
southwest Ohio village, will be treated to a display of original paintings
on the walls.
Artists Nancy Mellon, left, and Corrine
Bayraktaroglu, right, look over pieces of art while posing over a
stall inside the women's public restroom inside the Yellow Springs
Chamber of Commerce building, Thursday, June 15, 2006, in Yellow
Dubbed the ChamberPot Gallery, the exhibition that opened in mid-June
is the brainchild of two local
artists hoping to draw attention to this artist-oriented community.
"For the most part, everybody has been very excited about this. They
just think it's a hoot," said
Corrine Bayraktaroglu, co-organizer of the restroom gallery. "And we're
getting puns left, right and center - take a peek while you leak."
Some of the 19 works, mostly by local artists, are bathroom-themed,
including a dress made of pink, blue and yellow tissues, and a person's
face screaming out: "Got Paper?" Some paintings are abstract, and other
subjects featured include an outhouse and a person blowing soap bubbles.
The idea for the display got quick approval from the arts council and
officials in the village of 3,700, which has a 1960s feel with people in
tie-dyed clothing and other hippie-like attire frequenting streets lined
with artisan shops.
There are other places have given restroom users something to look at.
For example, sports pages are placed on the wall over urinals in some restaurant
"It really is a good way to incorporate art into
buildings," said Kevin Cole, spokesman for the Sheboygan center. "Those
restrooms in Yellow Springs - more than likely - will become attractions
Don Haddox, 66, of nearby Beavercreek, suggested moving the paintings
down to eye level when he uses the men's room.
The paintings will be displayed for a year. After six months, the
artwork in the women's room will move to the men's room and vice
brainchild: an original idea or plan attributed to
a person or group（想法；计划）
hoot: one that is