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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!