Circulating message claims that attached photographs show a public toilet made of one way glass located in Houston, Texas
The photographs are genuine but the description is inaccurate. The toilet shown in the photographs is not a permanent public facility and it is not located in Houston, Texas.
Subject: Loo with a view…..Awesome ToiletTHE LADY IS GETTING READY TO ENTER!!
This is a picture of a public toilet in Houston:
Now that you’ve seen the outside view, take a look at the inside view…
It’s made entirely of one-way glass!No one can see you from the outside, but when you are inside it’s like sitting in a clear glass box!Now would you… COULD YOU….???
The description that accompanies these images claims that they depict a public toilet located in Houston, Texas. The images show a toilet with walls made of one way glass. People inside the toilet have a plain view of the streetscape outside, but people on the street cannot see in.
The photographs are genuine, and indeed show a fully functional toilet with walls made of one-way glass. However, the toilet shown in the photographs is not a permanent public facility and it is not located in Houston, Texas. In fact, the toilet is a work of art known as “Don’t Miss a Sec” created by conceptual artist Monica Bonvicini. The “see-thu loo” was first exhibited at a construction site across from the Tate Britain Museum in London in December, 2003. A BBC news article about the exhibit notes:
Artist Monica Bonvicini has created a minimalist glass cube containing a usable loo to stand opposite the Tate Britain gallery in London.
The work, called Don’t Miss A Sec, is made out of one-way glass which means you can see out but not in.
The public sculpture will sit at the former Royal Army Medical College in Millbank, and is meant for public use.
A spokeswoman for the project said: “It will arouse curiosity because people can just come and use it, although there is a question of whether people will feel comfortable doing so.
The toilet was also exhibited at the Messeplatz in Basel, Switzerland in 2004. Unrelated photographs of the Messeplatz clearly show the same street as shown in the above photographs, so it seems clear that they were taken at the Messeplatz exhibit rather than the earlier London showing.
Thus, it is clear that the photographs were not taken in Houston nor could I find any credible reference that indicates that Bonvicini’s glass toilet was ever exhibited there.
In an interview published on Neoaztlan, Monica Bonvicini explains her motivation for creating the exhibit:
The idea for Don’t Miss a Sec.’ came in 1999. I made the drawings for it on an airplane. It relates to the urge, during big art events where so much is about “see and be seen,” to not miss anything. At any big art event, everyone needs a bathroom at some point. If you use the work for it, you are still able to see the next art work, who is passing by, who is talking with whom, and who is wearing what. At the same time, you can literally show your ass to them.
Last updated: February 5, 2017
First published: May 7, 2009
By Brett M. Christensen
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!