Zurich citizens can now relieve themselves at a pink marble public pissoir, set up at an open-air automobile park by local architecture firm Bureau A .
Composed of pink Portuguese marble imported from Lisbon, the Fountain 2017 piece is a single of three installations curated by Silvio Converso, Michele D’Ariano Simionato and Caterina Steiner as part of the Typical Ground artwork task.
“In the kind of a noble fountain, a classical figure of occidental culture, Lisbon sends a solid salute to rich Zurich,” said a statement from Bureau A, which not too long ago installed a miniature cardboard city at a Geneva childrenswear shop.
Occupying several parking spaces of Zurich’s Pfingstweid car park, the urinal is composed of 4 huge marble panels that rest on a wooden frame.
The liquid from emptied bladders is channelled along the base onto a pothole filled with gravel and little plants.
A neon light sticks out from the prime right corner to serve as clear signage for evening time guests.
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The auto park itself is located on the stays of an ancient typical, and the urinal was prompted by discussions close to the area’s historic function as a shared space.
“Public room wants to stay public, open and support debate and creative proposals of any variety, whether they are social, political or cultural,” explained the studio.
“A contribution in which folks can meet, be revolted to no matter what, perform, drink, sleep, adore. Something should be achievable within a public area.”
The Common Ground installations are hosted as component of the auto park’s ongoing Artwork Container project, which launched in June 2015 to commission and encourage modern art in an independent and non-industrial exhibition area.
Dutch designers Aandeboom lately proposed a rethink of the urinal with a tree-mounted design and style for Roskilde Festival, and Copenhagen studio UiWE advised the Pollee urinal for girls, which was also trialled at the occasion.