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Artists give toilets a “makeover” for World Toilet Day

Artists give toilets a “makeover” for World Toilet Day

WORLD TOILET DAY 2014 – SYDNEY

World Toilet Day – November 19 – was marked in Sydney with a joint venture between Engineers Without Borders and Kohler.

An exhibition of 25 Kohler toilets, each painted by a different NSW artist, went on display outside Sydney’s historic Customs House for a period of three days.

World Toilet Day 2014

Artistically inspired Kohler toilets on display at World Toilet Day 2014

The colourful, highly creative ‘toilet art’ drew considerable attention from media and passers by and shed light on the very real global issue that about 500,000 children die every year due to the lack of adequate sanitation.

World Toilet Day 2014

Kohler toilets as you’ve never seen them before! World Toilet Day 2014

World Toilet Day is an annual UN initiative to raise awareness of this issue and the quest to find a solution is something Kohler has been passionately involved in for a number of years.

In 2012 Kohler Co joined Caltech in a collaboration to develop a photovoltaic fully sustainable toilet as part of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Currently the Caltech/Kohler self-contained water purification and disinfection toilet system – that allows water to be reused and does not require wastewater disposal – is being trialled in India.  Every detail of the project, from the specific plumbing products inside to the exterior décor (by Indian artists) has been carefully chosen to best reflect the Indian culture.

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Kohler invited to exhibit at MoMA in New York – Reinventing the Toilet

Kohler invited to exhibit at MoMA in New York – Reinventing the Toilet

Kohler will once again feature in an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.  Uneven Growth – Tactical Urbanisms for  Expanding Megacities will be staged from November 22, 2014 to May 10, 2015 and will be accompanied by a publication showcasing the exhibition projects and essays by leading urban and architectural scholars.

With a global population expected to be around 8 billion by 2030 the exhibition is a collaboration of six interdisciplinary teams of researchers and practitioners to look at new architectural possibilities for six global metropolises – Hong Kong, Istanbul, Lagos, Mumbai, New York and Rio de Janeiro.

Kohler, in partnership with CalTech and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, developed a solar-powered water treatment/toilet project that will form part of the exhibition.  The toilet was the winning entry, from CalTech, in the Re-invent The Toilet Challenge sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  The foundation mounted the challenge in response to the 2.5 billion people around the world who do not have access to safe sanitation.

Kohler supports "Reinvent the Toilet" Challenge

Kohler supports "Reinvent the Toilet" Challenge

The mobile restroom, equipped with a freestanding, self-contained wastewater treatment system powered by the sun generating both hydrogen and electricity, is equipped with Kohler toilets and bathroom fixtures that provide the essential interface between the user
and the waste system.

Kohler's "Reinvent the Toilet Challenge" goes to the India Fair

Kohler's "Reinvent the Toilet Challenge" goes to the India Fair

Kohler was originally featured in the MoMA in 1929 with an exhibition entitled “Modern bath and dressing room”.  Showcasing the bathroom of the future the exhibit showcased a black Universal bath and Deauville basin together with chrome Cellini tapware – teamed with finishes of black and pink tiles.

Kohler exhibits at MoMA 1929

Kohler exhibits at MoMA 1929 with "Exhibition of a Modern Bath and Dressing Room."

Solar-powered toilet heads to India Toilet Fair

Solar-powered toilet heads to India Toilet Fair

Kohler Co and Caltech’s joint development of a photovoltaic toilet, part of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, has reached the next milestone in its two-year collaborative journey.

To coincide with World Water Day (March 22) the two completed units were shipped to India, first to be displayed at the Delhi Reinvent the Toilet Fair and then to be installed and tested in India.

Kohler's toilet travels to Delhi for "Reinvent the Toilet Fair"

Kohler's solar powered toilet travels to Delhi for the "Reinvent the Toilet Fair"

The development of these next-generation toilets was in response to the 2011 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation challenge to develop a toilet capable of delivering safe and sustainable sanitation to the 2.5 billion people worldwide who are currently denied this basic necessity.  Each toilet is powered by solar panels and features a self-contained water purification and disinfection system that allows water to be reused and does not require wastewater disposal.

Every aspect of the toilet, from the carefully specified plumbing products inside to the colourful décor on the exterior, was chosen (with input from Kohler Co’s Indian team) to best assimilate the Indian culture.  This is to ensure fast and easy acceptance of the new technology by the Indian community.

Kohler contributes to "Global Reinvent the Toilet Challenge"

Kohler contributes to "Global Reinvent the Toilet Challenge" Kohler next generation toilet at Reinvent the Toilet Fair in Delhi

We’ll keep you up to speed with the next milestone on this journey in conjunction with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.