Sulphur Springs, TX (PRWEB) November 26, 2012
Most public restrooms are utilitarian and have a single purpose – to take care of business. One rural community east of Dallas has something else in mind. Sulphur Springs, Texas built their downtown restrooms in a way where users can see the world around them.
The restrooms are part of a major downtown revitalization effort and are inspired by art. The walls are built with one-way mirrors. People using the facilities will be able to see out, but those outside the buildings will not be able to see in. Restroom users have a 360-degree panoramic view of what is going on outside all around while they take care of their needs.
The public restrooms are one-of-a-kind. They resemble a traveling art piece created by European artist Monica Bonivicini. Sulphur Springs took the idea one step further. The community claims to be the home of the only permanent, outside restroom in the world built using one-way mirrors as walls and that is up to code.
While many communities focus on the utilitarian purposes of public restrooms, the town wanted more. “It’s unique and it’s interesting,” explained Shane Shepard, Community Development Director for the City of Sulphur Springs. “It fits with the lifestyle and ambiance we are working to create downtown – it’s functional public art and fits in with the community’s vision.”
Sulphur Springs is undergoing the final stages of a complete revitalization effort downtown. The district hosted an evening farmers market last summer that was voted “America’s Favorite Farmers Market” in America’s Farmland Trust competition. Free movies are displayed on the square every Friday night at dusk through Christmas time. The $6 million public investment is paying off.
Over the past six months, many buildings have been sold and private businesses are investing in rehabilitations. The downtown district already has several retail and art shops, five restaurants, and a winery on Main Street. Shepard said, “The local economy is picking up. By this time next year, downtown will be drastically different. It will be a quality experience - both aesthetically and culturally.“ The vision is to create a sense of place using art.
For more information, contact Marc Maxwell, City Manager at 903.348.5205 (cell) or Shane Shepard, Community Development Director at sshepard(at)sulphurspringstx(dot)org.