Why this giant peg could inspire the next toilet block
THE Porcelain Peg, perhaps?
Well, a sculpture like the one pictured here could soon double as a public toilet in the hinterland town of Kenilworth, if a councillor has his way. And while Sunshine Coast Council's Greg Rogerson admits some might think the idea stinks, he hopes it will at least flush out more ideas.
Cr Rogerson put forward a notice of motion at yesterday's meeting calling for the council to investigate a "project proposal for a public toilet facility and integral public art component" for Isaac Moore Park.
Cr Rogerson said the park, at the corner of Kenilworth and Obi Obi roads, was in desperate need of a toilet facility.
Since the construction of a barbecue facility in 2010, it had become popular with locals and passing traffic.
But as it was situated about a kilometre out of town, it needed an appropriate toilet facility to go with it.
Cr Rogerson produced pictures to prove people had been defecating on the grassed areas.
Cr Rogerson said he had the support of the local community in putting up the toilet block - and they also liked the idea of turning it into an art form.
"They have formed a group called Kenilworth Design a Dunny," Cr Rogerson said.
As an example of what might be built, he showed a picture of Belgian's giant peg, which adorns the Chaudfontaine Park in the outskirts of Liege as a potential design idea.
The peg, designed by Turkish artist Mehmet Ali Uysal, appears to be holding on tightly to a mould of land and grass and it has attracted the attention and curiosity of hundreds of cyclists and tourists.
"The toilet block could be an artistic piece," Cr Rogerson said.
"It can be quirky and serviceable and an asset for the whole Obi Obi valley."
Unfortunately, other councillors didn't appear to be moved by the toilet-de-art idea.
Cr Christian Dickson said he would need more information before "endorsing public art and a toilet block".
However, Cr Rogerson was successful in getting his motion passed for the council to look at opportunities as part of next year's budget review.
"I want it to be a signature piece where people will come from everywhere," he told the council meeting.
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