Having years of experience with men's bathrooms in various settings, this artist decided to create something beautiful and fragile from what's commonly considered pretty nasty. Clark Sorensen is transforming ugly urinals into fancy works of art you'd probably need to have a second look at before using them for their purpose.
San Francisco-based Sorensen comes up with whimsical nature-inspired shapes of urinals and sinks that are unique as he doesn't use molds in the process. And though they look like shiny ceramic sculptures that belong in galleries, they are totally functional for private or commercial use and many men around the world can confirm.
“I'm becoming known as the urinal man, but I’m fine with that,” Sorensen once said. His sense of humor and self-irony let him perfect his craft of combining beauty and function that some people may consider weird and explore unexpected contradictions in life.
It is a little odd to write, but please, enjoy this gallery of beautiful urinals and upvote your favorites!
"I am always thinking of better ways to make things and have done quite a bit of ceramic and porcelain work. One day, while using a urinal, I just started thinking... urinals are ceramic, the material I work in, and I just started toying with what shapes might work as a urinal. I thought of a shoe, or a mouth and landed on a flower since it is funnel-shaped. My first little exhibit had 3 flower urinals that didn’t even work because of all the cracks I had to hide, but it was a big hit so I persevered until I figured out how to make a functional urinal. It started out as kind of a joke, but people around me encouraged me to continue. It wasn’t easy to figure out a way to create these pieces, but the more successful pieces I made, the more I enjoyed transforming what many see as an ugly item into something beautiful," the artist told Bored Panda.
If you want to stand out and ensure a luxury restroom experience, you will have to spend a penny. The cost of Sorensen's current collection of exquisite urinals ranges from $7900 to $16500 per piece, which is totally reasonable as creating a durable urinal can take up to 8 months. Most of the artist's works are carefully designed and hand-crafted to bring a little bit of nature to your bathroom—they resemble flowers, plants, and shells. Would you like one in your own home?