Mar 31, 2008

the rebirth of the WC

toilet plant

In a cheery little apartment bedecked with warm rays of sunshine, there lives a funny little toilet with a happy little plant.

blender plant

Very nearby, a wrinkled old man of a blender relishes the new green life sprouting from within.

These photos were taken almost a year ago at my friend's Mexico City apartment. I'm not sure why they've been sitting for so long in my picture files, but its high time they were resurrected. I mean, really ... how can these not bring a smile to your face? They speak to me on so many levels.

Aesthetics - Perhaps the most shallow of reasons, yet significant nonetheless. I love the bold innovation coupled with the homeyness of the plant life. I think every morning would start off right if I had my bowl of oatmeal next to a repurposed toilet-planter. Don't you think?

Roots - Antiques and thrifted finds enrich our surroundings and provide fodder for our imaginations. Who were the people that used them? What kind of home(s) did they have? What was life like when they were brand-spankin' new? And the toilet? Reflecting on its past life is just plain funny. But gee - it is one useful invention!

Responsibility - Repurposing. Keeping used objects out of the landfill and keeping us from going out any buying something new.

Did you see that Blue Yonder is having a repurposing contest? The toilet-planter won't be entered because I can't claim it as my own creation, but I'm sure you all have some excellent ideas and/or repurposed works of art. So empty out your trash bin and get crackin'!

27 comments:

Jodi Renshaw said...

Not sure if I could bring myself to repurpose in the same way - but I certainly appreciate it and see the beauty of it. Thanks for sharing :)

Laura said...

Fab pictures! Reminds me of a picture I took of a garden in Maine where a toilet was used as a planter--both the tank and the bowl were blloming with flowers!

Yarrow said...

Gret ideas! I don't think I could use a toilet, but hey, if you can, its great. I'll check out Blue Yonder's challenge. Thanks. Your comments on the photos were awesome.

Bethany Hissong said...

Fun photos!! I enjoyed your last post too! I've had a little issue with blogger, but I'm back today :) Love anything repurposed!!!

Petchy said...

I love those!! Especially the blender one, that is so so cool and I totally want one!

Blue Castle said...

Wow, those are neat ideas! I love the blender.

val said...

you see toilets used as flower pots all over Florida! hahahaha

Kristin said...

i LOVE all things repurposing!! :) I'll have to keep an eye on the blog you mentioned! :)

Kristin
http://homegrownrose.typepad.com/reclaimingthehome

Jodi Renshaw said...

Hey friend, I am dropping by again to invite you to join my Spring Giveaway ...

www.thishandmadelife.blogspot.com

Love,
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Teaching Handwork said...

Wow it made me laugh...and yes if it's a pot its pot!

Giulyana said...

very funny


giulyana
(Italy)

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