Toilet as Performance Art: The rush to the seat


Long term readers know that toilets have been a subject of intense interest for MadSilence, and not for the obvious reasons.  Now we have this report from The New York Times:

Artist Tommy Mintz unveiled the NYC Public Toilet Map, a laser-printed, wallet-sized fold-out map that he is selling over the Internet.  The map details locations of more than 250 public toilets in Manhattan.  For Mr. Mintz, this is not a vanity project.  At 21 he received a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis, a condition that is caused by inflammation and sores in the lining of the rectum and colon, and causes frequent diarrhea.  Like Crohn’s, another inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis is usually a chronic, long-term disease.

Click here to view and purchase the NYC Public Toilet map.  For $2.50 (includes shipping), you’ll get a professionally printed and folded version of the map mailed to you that same day via first class mail.


The artist Tommy Mintz’s NYC Public Toilet Map uses two-letter codes to mark the locations of more than 250 public toilets in Manhattan.

Related toilet links:
Bathroom Diaries
Wallet size NYC public toilet map — $2.50  from BoingBoing
Urine Nation (a short movie about finding toilets in NYC)


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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. paperdreamer
    Apr 06, 2008 @ 02:46:22

    haha that is great :)

    Parents of small children might find this map very useful!

    I avoid public bathrooms unless absolutely necessary…


  2. jafabrit
    Apr 07, 2008 @ 22:12:56

    Well this is right up my alley LOL! Have you visited the ChamerbPot Gallery website I run! It’s an art gallery in the local public restroom that my friend and I started. A loo with a view ;)

    The map is a GREAT idea.

    ps. we have links to the golden plungers award website, which also lists toilets for the convenience of travelers nationwide :)


  3. jafabrit
    Apr 07, 2008 @ 22:14:10

    sorry, the link doesn’t work. Try this one.
    the potty talk page has all sorts of loo trivia.
    MadSilence comment:
    Who new that such wonderful things could come from Yellow Springs, OH?


  4. jafabrit
    Apr 08, 2008 @ 02:06:36

    ugh, never mind I see you have the bathroom diaries link already LOL! Not enough cups of tea and too much othello.


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