Texas is known for a BBQ, football, the Alamo, but did you know that our great state has the worlds only toilet seat museum? A retired plumber and artist might make you rethink your toilet seat. Check out this article from 100.3 Jack FM – Dallas, TX:
Over the years, Barney Smith has collected over 1,300 pieces of art. Well, some see these pieces as art. Others, call them toilet seats.
At 96-years-old, however, Smith has decided it’s time to sell off his famous collection. When asked why he’s selling his famous toilet seats, Smith told As It Happens host Carol Off, “Because I’m 96 years old and I’m gettin’ ready to leave this whole world.” He’s been decorating seats for over 50 years and has numerous seats from visitors all across the country, and around the world.
So how does someone come up with an idea of collecting toilet seats, or for that matter creating artwork on them? Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas all started because of this:
Smith’s been working on his toilet seat art for over fifty years. It started with a spark of inspiration while he was picking up parts for a job.
“I went to a plumbing supply house one time, and they had about 50 toilet seats out on the dock that they were going to throw away. And I said [to the guy] ‘what are you going to do with those toilet seats. I would like to have some of these toilet seats to do some art on.’ I’d been going down to the River Walk and doing a little art on canvas. He said, ‘well, you can’t have ’em, unless you take the hinge off, and throw away half of ’em while you’re here.’ I threw the rim away and kept the lid.”
Smith’s collection of toilet seats is impressive and out of the ordinary. To learn more about Barney Smith and his toilet seat collection, watch Barney: A Short Documentary – YouTube.
As plumbers in Dallas, we are impressed by his work and museum. If you haven’t had the chance to see this museum, time is running out. Barney’s museum is for sale right now, so if you are in the market for a very eclectic collection, this is your golden opportunity.
If you can’t make it out to see this unique art, Clorox has a sampling of Barney’s artwork displayed on their site.
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