Looking to redecorate the bathroom? Then you’re in luck! Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Art Museum is a collection of over a thousand hand-decorated and totally unique toilet seat lids, mostly done by Barney Smith himself, and it’s for sale. The only catch is… you have to buy all of them.
If you’re wondering “Why toilet seats?” there’s actually a sweet story behind it. Smith has a memory of being a kid and wanting to mount a small pair of antlers for display. He had his father help him attach them to a classy wooden toilet seat lid. From there, he saw the versatility of using toilet seats as plaques for his art, and continued to decorate them. It doesn’t hurt that he’s trained as a plumber, and got many of the seats from his former job.
But Barney is more folk art icon than plumber these days, and as he’s now well into his nineties, he’s starting to think about how he wants his legacy of toilet seat art to live on. He’s been displaying them in his garage as a popular roadside attraction for a while now. It’s been free to stop by, you just need to call ahead so he can let you in and show you around. There’s a toilet seat for every interest. States and countries, musicians, movies, TV shows, and more have inspired his toilet seats. Many are works in progress still; he might have you sign your state’s toilet seat, or add something to it. The reviews of the place speak for themselves!
His dream is to keep his collection together and have one person (or institution) continue to display it. He’s not alone in the endeavor, though; reportedly, Clorox is assisting him as he searches for the right home for his art. Even though touring the collection without Barney as a guide will be a different experience, his legacy is worth preserving.
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