East Texas public restroom seeking top honor

SULPHUR SPRINGS (KRLD) – A public restroom in Sulphur Springs is one of 10 finalists to be named the Best Public Restroom in the Country.

The restroom in question is located on the city's town square. Sulphur Springs city manager Marc Maxwell says the walls are all glass — and are constructed using one-way mirrors.   In other words — you can see out, but the folks walking around the square can't see in.

The restrooms are open seven days a week and were built last year as part of the downtown revitalization plan.

Here's the description provided to voters:

"This small Texas town took a big leap back in 2012 when they debuted two all–glass bathrooms on their downtown square, the first of their kind in the United States. The pair of glass potties didn't come cheap though. The masterpieces cost the City a pretty penny — $54,000 to be exact. But it's all in the name of art. Make that "functional art." Part of the inspiration for this project came from Italian art piece, Monica Bonivicini's 'Don't Miss A Sec' from 2004, which was on display outside an art museum in Switzerland. The structure was initially part of the overall exhibit, but when construction workers began using the glass bathroom, the idea of "functional art" evolved. In order for the illusion to work properly, the outside of the structure must be more lit than the inside. These bathrooms have no lights on the inside and in order to see at night, LED lights were placed on the outside of the structure, for the illusion to remain. Sulphur Springs has the only functional, permanent and code complying glass bathrooms constructed with one-way mirrors. Users of the facility can see out, however, no one can see in. The design includes a spacious wheelchair-accessible interior and a gleaming stainless steel toilet and sink.

The restroom is competing against others from seven states, including California, New York, and Florida.

To see the contestants visit BestRestroom.com. Voting ends October 31.


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