Taking the Piss in Madrid

In Spain, it’s not at all unlikely to see a couple getting hot and heavy in a doorway, or to witness a rather passionate fight erupt on a corner. In most cases, it’s rather entertaining to witness (or participate in yourself. However, a group of artists in Spain has created a protest versus a particularly private act made public: peeing on the streets. A Spanish collective specializing in interventions, Luzinerruptus has turned their attention to the malodorous problem of public micturition.

“During the day and at night time people urinate anywhere in the streets without any embarrassment. They just walk along, turn round, zip down and, even in crowded places, seen by passers-by, let go. Through our installation, public toilets, we have tried to attract attention — in a comical manner — about the problem we encounter when walking in centric streets and squares.” The installation consists of 80 male urine containers (the ones used in hospitals), filled with yellow water and illuminated. The effect is not unlike twinkling Christmas lights, winking in the squares and streets of Madrid. Will the bottles of faux urine make a difference? Or just act as beacons for where to drop and whiz? Charming either way, long as you don’t think about it too much.

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