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Artistic toilet is Claughton Reserve Drawcard

Posted on December 13, 2017

The toilet block at Claughton Reserve is now a piece of public art after a City funded make-over by West Australian artist Duncan Moon.

The artistic toilet block, known as the 'turtle toilet' forms part of a master plan for the reserve that involves giving the area an identity and championing place making in the City of Bayswater.

The roof of the toilet is now a turtle's shell and the walls are clad with stylised egrets and kangaroo paws in a nod to the toilet's riverside location at the Reserve.

The local community and Friends of Claughton Reserve group were heavily involved in the development of the toilet project which the artist has titled; 'The Nearest of Faraway Places'.

Mayor Dan Bull said the project was about re-imagining what a public space is and thinking outside the square.

"The toilet block at Claughton Reserve was originally an old 60s brick structure that really didn't add anything to its location," Mayor Bull said.

"Around the world there are hundreds of imaginatively styled toilet blocks and we decided to make the one at Claughton Reserve more of a drawcard for the public. The Friends of Claughton Reserve group were a driving force behind this idea from the very beginning.

"We're putting the Reserve on the toilet tourism map with this art work.

"Public art is very important in the City, works of art add to our sense of place and community and can help turn mundane buildings into something just a little more magical."

The toilet was finished earlier this month and is now open to the public.

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