A Public Inconvenience

An essay exploring the almost total disappearance of public toilets across our cities, and the wider privatization of our public space. Features a series of oddly moving photographs of Sheffield's closed toilets, and the following paragraph, which is my fave:

‘So, we cross our legs. We fumble for change in railway stations. If we're lucky, the cafe of that new mega-art gallery will be open. We make long detours through the haberdashery section at John Lewis. We shuffle into Starbucks/Costa/Neros, with our heads down, and hope there's no code on the door. We pretend we're looking for someone in a pub. A whole nation, a whole generation, of bad actors, looking around, pretending to meet someone in a pub.’

The project culminated in a temporary installation in the White Cubicle gallery, Hackney Road, London, which we really did totally re-tile for the occasion, to make it look like a public bog. We must have been mad.

Photos by Theo Simpson.
Publication designed by (and toilet tiled with) Tom Keeley.