Monday, September 12, 2005

‘Peesel’ Designed For Water Closet Artists

SAN FRANCISCO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Picasso loved his easel, but he could’ve really expressed himself with a “Peesel.”

That’s the name of a urinal with a thermochromic finish that reacts to an increase in temperature – i.e. warm pee – to reveal a design in colorful porcelain below the surface.

A single flush acts as an eraser and restores the “canvas” much like an Etch-A-Sketch.

The pee-pee piece was conceptualized by a group of six San Francisco-based industrial designers who call themselves “Lift,” and member Eric Bergman says the idea stemmed from one of his drawings of “a guy peeing on an easel making a dinosaur.”

Though the group hasn’t been approached by anyone to actually produce the Peesel, Bergman thinks it would be great in a club or high-end bar, adding, “We all appreciate beautiful artwork, wherever it exists.”

Asked if he considers himself an artist, Bergman replies, “I recently had this conversation with my girlfriend, and she had a hard time believing it.”

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