Here's a picture of a public toilet in Switzerland that's made entirely out of one-way glass. No one can see you in there, but when you are inside, it looks like you're sitting in a clear glass box.
Origins: Although our mores regarding the display of the human body and bodily functions have changed a good deal over the years (for example, the notion that a woman might breast-feed her child in a public place was almost completely unthinkable just a few decades ago), most of us still hold very strong taboos against anyone other than intimates seeing us in certain circumstances, such as when we're unclothed, when we're engaged in execretory activities, and when we're engaged in sexual activities. Our squeamishness in these regards is such that we're often quite uncomfortable when others are present during these circumstances, even if they cannot see us. (Many people feel quite embarrassed about disrobing when a member of the opposite sex is present in the room, even if that other person keeps his or her eyes tightly closed.) On the other hand, we may not be so fussy about stripping down in a locker room or using a public bathroom in the presence of
The concept of how we react to "seeing but not being seen" was put to the test by
It will arouse curiosity because people
can come and just use it, although there is a question of whether people will
feel comfortable doing so.
They may be wary of desecrating a work of art or may be uneasy that because they can see out, other people can see in.
There could be this feeling that there is some form of switch to change it and let people see in, but of course there isn't.
Jeff Boloten, who works at the Tate Britain, noted:
Playing with the idea of the most private
bodily function and having to sit on a street corner is just bizarre.
The construction site makes it interesting because portable toilets are at construction sites all the time, but, the Tate Britain's a respected institution; the juxtaposition makes it more unique.
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