Tom Phillips - 20 Slideshows

20 Slideshows

13. The Urinal. c. 3.30pm.

  • 1973

  • 1974

  • 1975

  • 1976

  • 1977

  • 1978

  • 1979

  • 1980

  • 1981

  • 1982

  • 1983

  • 1984

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  • 1986

  • 1987

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From the peaceful pastoral section of Sites 9 to 12 we pass to what has proved the most violent of all the locations, whose events are described in the introduction to the project. As well as the intimations of a brutal world there is of course another series of developments: in 1978 the urinal is shut. The notice board area continues to advertise local events. It is here we get our only mention of Shakespeare via an announcement for productions of Henry V and A Midsummer Night's Dream (1976) and The Taming of the Shrew (1984). Gala days are announced also as well as wrestling. The Great Game itself equally receives its only mention here in the notice advertising free cricket passes to the Oval for old age pensioners.

Shortly after the urinal becomes a wall in 1980 (when we see someone turning in towards the wall as if they were going into the absent convenience) a huge sign is put up reading Fairweather. This disappears in the next year and in 1983 our first substantial CND sign is visible. The wall like others in 20 Sites (cf the announcement of the motif in Site 5) gets battered and then is rebuilt. Across the alleyway Celtic House goes through a cycle of alterations and repainting.