Barney Smith, 85, has been creating art on top of toilet lids for over 35 years and even runs his own Toilet Seat Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas.
Smith, whos appropriately a retired plumber, got inspired by the porcelain god when he saw about 50 toilet seats lying around one day that were going to be thrown away.
Says Smith: I didnt want them to go to waste, so I unhinged the toilet ring from the lids and used the lids for my art.
Smiths very first piece of toilet art had deer horns attached to it, and since then, hes created 794 different seats for exhibition in his museum.
Some of the seats memorialize places Smith has visited like Switzerland. Others lids illustrate historical events, like one with ash and a picture of Mount St. Helens erupting.
Although his art is on toilet seats, Smith insists that the seats are not for use.
Says Smith: They are hung up like wall plaques and museum guests dont use them, they sign them instead.
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