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Free art exhibit!  How long will these porcelain thrones be on display in El Paso County, Colorado? —News Channel 13 photo

Free art exhibit! How long will these porcelain thrones be on display in El Paso County, Colorado? —News Channel 13 photo

When homeowners in El Paso County, Colorado put two toilets and a sink on the property line in their front yard, neighbor Angela Johnson got upset. She didn’t want to look at those crappy old things. The homeowners wouldn’t remove them, so Angela built a fence so she wouldn’t have to look at them.

But do not underestimate the great lengths someone will go to just to annoy their neighbor. The day after Angela built the fence, the homeowners attached the toilets and sink high up on a tree with ropes, directly facing Ms. Johnson’s home.

When the local news station asked the homeowner why she put the porcelain thrones in the tree, she responded that she wanted to “express her creativity,” and perhaps they could be used as a birdfeeder.

Riiiggggggght. I’m sure that’s the reason. Just a misunderstood expression of art.

After News Channel 13 broadcast the story, the county’s code enforcement officer got privy to the exhibit, and flush with embarrassment announced the toilets violated a rubbish ordinance and were not a public convenience.

An excerpt from El Paso County's Rubbish Ordinance. —News Channel 13 photo

An excerpt from El Paso County’s Rubbish Ordinance. —News Channel 13 photo

The homeowners have been given 10 days to remove the display, but have expressed interest in keeping the urinals in public view in their yard.

Perhaps the homeowners were just trying to emulate an artist in Foshan, China, who built a waterfall out of 10,000 recycled toilets, urinals, and sinks. Originally built for a one-week festival, the waterfall was so popular it was kept up permanently. All the toilets are plugged in to a water source and can be flushed simultaneously to create a waterfall effect.

The Great Toilet Bowl Waterfall of China.

The Great Toilet Bowl Waterfall of China.

Or perhaps they were trying to honor the memory of the great Marcel Duchamp, who in 1917, created the art masterpiece Fountain by writing “R. Mutt 1917” on a pre-fab porcelain urinal.

Alfred Stieglitz's photograph of Marcel Duchamp's seminal art work, Fountain.

Alfred Stieglitz’s photograph of Marcel Duchamp’s seminal art work, Fountain.

Notice how News Channel 13 doesn’t mention the town where this story takes place. They only mention “El Paso County.”

Perhaps… this..is… Urinetown?

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