Thursday, June 17, 2010

Toilet Seat Art Museum

This museum consists mostly of toilet seat lids decorated by Barney Smith, a retired master plumber now in his eighties.

Smith had 700 toilet seats and lids in his garage at 239 Abiso Avenue in the San Antonio suburb of Alamo Heights. Each item has a different theme. Some themes are more serious than others. His connections within the plumbing supply business regularly give him access to damaged toilet seats. Each toilet seat he works with is made of pressed wood. They’re not going to sell, so he may as well turn them into works of art.

Ironically, the museum has no bathroom. “I got plenty of toilet seats, but no toilet,” Smith admitted.

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