Wednesday, October 7, 2009
All Hail the Men's Throne Room
On my visit to the wonderful Kohler Art Museum in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, I encountered the hidden treasure of their wonderful bathrooms. (Remember, Kohler is the king of bathroom fixtures and this museum is dedicated to its founder.) In my previous post I showed you the women's bathroom. I was so entranced by it that, when it was empty, I took a peek into the men's chamber and found it also wonderful, although of a completely different flavor.
In the men's bathroom the colors are strong and dark, a complete change from the light frivolity of the women's bathroom.
Many of the images and words are about competition, conquest, striving, and boldness.
Clearly, the overall motif says "manliness=achievement."
Some of the motifs are humerus, tongue-in-cheek delights, such as the "throne room."
A King should be magnanimous...
Or a Protector of the People.
With wonders like this in the world, why should we be content with common, vanilla surroundings?