October 10, 2012

Urinals designed by Dutch artist removed in Australia

Filed under: Design,Food & Drink,Music by Orangemaster @ 11:27 am

Some Australians were so pissed at a urinal design by Dutch artist Meike van Schijndel that they have been removed just three weeks after an establishment opened.

A trendy restaurant in Sydney had to remove the urinals shaped like the Rolling Stones’ logo because they were considered offensive to many patrons of the Ananas Bar and Brasserie. Unfortunately, many people feel that these lips are female and have been offended by the idea of peeing into a woman’s mouth.

The urinals are a commonly used European design piece from female Dutch artist Meike van Schijndel. Our female designer saw one in a shopfront in Paris when she was there on an inspiration trip for Ananas and felt it referenced the Rolling Stones logo which is based on Mick Jagger’s lips rather than a woman’s lips. She felt it would be a great way to bring a slice of Paris’s risqué nightlife to Sydney. We acknowledge that other people have interpreted it differently and have therefore removed them.

It’s one thing to mistake the Rolling Stones logo for women’s lips (and certainly a good argument), but to wash your hands in a urinal at a festival is just wrong yet funny. Watch Man mistakes urinal for sink.

(Link: www.volkskrant.nl, Photo of Marcel Duchamp’s famous ‘urinoir’ taken at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya in Barcelona, in August 2008 by Orangemaster)

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May 13, 2010

Man mistakes urinal for sink

Filed under: Weird by Branko Collin @ 11:41 am

Bibi Telleman, reporter for 105 TV, was doing a behind the scenes bit about the cleanliness of the facilities at the Liberation Day festival in Haarlem last week, when a member of the North American intelligentsia decided it was time to teach the rest of the world a lesson about hygiene. (Either that, or he wanted to attention-whore.)

Orangemaster says to give a big shout out to all the poor drudges like her who have to DJ the Ascension festivals today. (“Shout-out?” She did not say “shout-out.” It was something not as 2003.)

To borrow words from Youtube: as seen on Boingboing and Milk and Cookies.

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September 18, 2008

Urinal lift on a terrace kills business

Filed under: Weird by Orangemaster @ 8:55 am

City hotel Queens in Amersfoort has a serious problem that is basically killing their business. The city council decided to place a urinal, albeit a nifty one that rises above ground at 10 pm, right on their terrace. Can you picture taking a leak while people are having a drink on a terrace watching you? Would you want to be watching while having your drink? Ickeepoo. Well, other people don’t want to either, and so the hotel owner is pissed (pun intended).

After having spent hundreds of thousands buying and renovating an old building on the popular Groenenmarkt, the city council chose her outdoor terrace as the place for the urinal. And according to the owner, Paula Brouwer, the day before she was to receive the terrace permit, there was talk of a urinal, and her permit has been tied up in red tape ever since.

The city council came up with a deal: we’ll give you the permit, but you have to close your terrace at 10 pm. All the other terraces are allowed to stay open until 1 am, so imagine how much business she’d be losing. She has refused and has lawyered up. Why does this have a maffia feel to it? It’s also proof positive the city screwed up.

(Link: ad.nl, photo: urilift)

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