APS students turn toilet seats into art

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The porcelain throne, the john and the pot.

There are a lot of different names for a toilet and now there’s one more, art.

“It’s honestly the most innovative and creative project I’ve ever heard of,” said art student Jonathan Salazar.

About 20 Albuquerque senior art students have teamed up with Dahl’s Kitchen and Bath to transform an ordinary toilet seat into a colorful, creation.

“We have one here she even put a story behind this on instructions how to flush your fish down your toilet,” said Dahl’s Kitchen and Bath Manager Steve Gonzales.

Instruction number one says to make sure the fish is actually dead, so there isn’t another finding Nemo swimming around.

One of the seats is a replica of Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park in the fall. Others showcase different types of animals like dinosaurs, sharks and whales.

So why toilet seat art?

“It started as a promotion,” said Gonzales.

Gonzales said he wanted to get more foot traffic into his store, so he asked APS to help him put on an art show. The store specializes in bath appliances, so the toilet seats were a royal flush.

The store is also holding “The Best Seat in the House” competition. All of the toilet seats will be judged. The top three finishers will get prizes.

Gonzales says he’s hoping this unique art show and competition will inspire other artists and give a group of deserving local kids some needed recognition.

“Maybe this is a boost to get them to the next level or they can understand they truly have talent,” he said.

The first place finisher, which will be announced Friday, will get $500 in prize money. All of the artwork will be featured in Albuquerque The Magazine’s May issue.

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