In December 2003, across the street from London's Tate Britain museum, artist Monica Bonvicini debuted her latest installation. Titled "Don't Miss a Sec," it was a public toilet inside a cube of one-way mirrors. The bathroom user could gaze out upon the passing museum goers and see the construction workers milling about, but they couldn't see inside. It was, among other things, a way for Bonvicini to challenge how people interact with their surroundings.
Flickr user nsmithtnz The locals take in Sulphur Springs' glass bathroom, made entirely of one-way mirrors.
A decade later, Bonvicini was horrified to learn that the city of Sulphur Springs had constructed a knockoff version of "Don't Miss a Sec" and plunked it down next to the oversize chess set on the town square. The copy is completely faithful to the original, save for the addition of a steel frame and heating and air conditioning, which the city manager bragged about on local TV.More »