Sunday, January 6, 2008

John Michael Kohler Art Museum Restrooms

As I promised in an earlier blog, here are photos of the amazing restrooms at the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

There are 5 artist designed restrooms in the center and everyone is encouraged to visit all 5 of them. All of the restrooms were stunning.

Today I want to focus on the women's room in the lobby. It was designed by Massachusetts artist Cynthia Consentino. She began work on it in June of 2004 and it opened to the public a year later. But of course she had help. She created over 30 original tiles that were repeated in various colors and combinations.

The tiles are based on a game called the Exquisite Corpse (which I used to play as a kid, but we didn't call it that, I'm sure) where players would (in my childhood case) fold a sheet of paper in 3, draw a head, then extend the neck onto the second portion, hide the first and pass it on and so on. The Surrealists (Dali, Miro and Magritte) used this concept in the early part of the twentieth century.

Enough Art lessons. Let's see the restroom!

Today's quote comes from Mr. Surrealism himself, Salvador Dali: Don't bother about being modern. Unfortunately, it is the one thing that, whatever you do, you cannot avoid.

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