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Last night i was couldn’t sleep because i was thinking it was a mistake to have painted the inside of the roof! I was worried because it would prevent the natural light from coming through what was a clear plastic roof and i thought this light might be imperative to the exhibition space. When i arrived at my studio my fears about having done this were confirmed as it was quite dark inside the portable toilet and therefore i decided that i would try and get the paint off. Having tipped the loo on its side i used soap and an abrasive pad along with a massive amount of elbow grease…and about 3 hours later the roof was clear of paint. I also cleaned the outside of the roof too, as this was filthy and the dirt was noticeable from the inside, also making it darker. I felt much much happier once it was done, but it did set me behind schedule with everything else i anticipated i would get done today.

My next step was to finish painting all the areas that were being painted white and this i managed to do in the time i had.

I then went on to getting the boards for the walls to fit exactly into place. This was a difficult task and i was worried about how the end result would look. I didn’t like the way the joins of the walls would look and without trial and error it would be extremely difficult to get them to fit exactly. This would also be extremely time consuming. This i thought was problematic, especially with time being something that i am lacking! After a discussion and alot of thinking i decided to scrap the idea of boarding the walls and just paint onto the plastic walls directly. I was hesitant to do this before as they are curved and so it would not be so straightforward to hang the pictures. However i have decided that there are other and perhaps better ways to hang the pictures so i would prefer to get the gallery finished sooner allowing me to have more time to concentrate on how i will display the photographs.

Tomorrow i will continue with more coats of paints for the walls and hopefully make a start on laying the oak on the floor.

Having not been in my portable toilet for a couple of weeks i have to admit that i had missed it, aaah!… And therefore i was out of bed and in the loo by ten this morning!

There seemed to be so many bits and pieces to get organised today as the first exhibition for Bog Standard Gallery is coming up in less than 2 weeks… this meant that the space functioned more as a telephone box so i could arrange the logistics of moving it more than anything else!

I spent a bit of time in the woodwork room cutting the panels for the walls to the right shape and then sanded the bits of the interior that would not be covered over by the false walls before painting them with their first coat of white emulsion. I also ate some cheese sandwiches in there which is actually really gross now i come to think about it! It seems like i didn’t achieve much today but i was in there until about six o’clock – the cutting of the wood involved a lot of messing around as they were funny shapes to cut and hard to measure. It also tok a while to reinforce the floor and screw it into place. This was because big holes had to be drilled out of the floor to allow access for screwing the floor in. As the floor is in two pieces there also had to be an extra piece added underneath them so that if the weight was not equal on both sides the floor wouldn’t sag down.

Tomorrow i will be back in there at 9, but i think i may eat my sandwiches in the park…

After a lot of confusion over the measurements i left B&Q with all the wood panels i needed for the walls and the floor. This wood turned out to be a bargain as the man at the checkout miscalculated what i had bought, oops! I think i could have even made a profit from buying this wood as when i told the staff that my offcuts didn’t fit in the car and offered them back they wanted to give me a refund for them!


Back at my studio, i set about making a new floor to cover where i had removed the toilet. This took ages and was a real pain because the floor is such a funny shape and is anything but symmetrical. After making many templates and running up and down to the woodwork room many times i was finally almost there with the floor.

 

After i have secured these in with screws i will begin laying the oak panels on the floor.

 

My plan for the portable toilet is to convert the inside into a traditional gallery space. I will call this ‘Bog Standard Gallery’. With white walls, a wooden floor and little spot lights, i will use this space to exhibit my toilet sign photographs.
This plan therefore involved the removal of the actual toilet (shown in the photograph to the right) which revealed a whole load of surprises! Needing somewhere to tip this stinking toilet bowl i put an advert for it on Freecycle.
I was extremely suprised when two days later a man came to collect the toilet bowl – and was ecstatic at the prospect of turning it into a pond! Hmmm.

With the toilet out, there was more cleaning to do…there were quite a few slugs and spiders in there but they really were the least of my worries! I have never felt as dirty as i did once i had finished!

After taking lots of measurements of the walls i went off to B & Q to buy some wood to panel these off and get some wood to fill the hole in the floor.

After deciding i would like to house my collection of toilet sign photographs inside a portable toilet the search to find one was on. This was proving more difficult than i thought, and only made me more and more determined to get my hands on one of those blue phone box style portable toilets  you see on the side of the motorway.

A trip to Elliott Loo Hire in Eccles turned out to be a dream come true when i arrived at a site full of rows and rows of portable toilets in every colour you can imagine! It was here that i bargained for and bought a toilet that was very excitingly delivered to my studios about a week later.

Portaloo Heavenertrte

After three men struggled with it up the stairs to the studio i opened the door of the portable toilet to find the toilet completely intact and full of water and chemicals ready to be used!

I guess with all the excitement surrounding my purchase, it hadn’t once crossed my mind that this portable toilet had once been full of poo and that the smell would be absolutely revolting! So i settled myself with a bucket, mop and plenty of bleach and spent a full morning scrubbing it until it smelt of citrus fruits!