Danish Musem Gets Ownership Of Viral Lars Ulrich Toilet
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The fan-built Lars Ulrich toilet that went viral late last year is now set to be displayed at the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Museum, located in Denmark.
The artist Prince Midnight who created the piece donated the toilet to Ripley Entertainment. The toilet is now in Ripley’s warehouse in Central Florida and will soon be shipped to the Ripley’s “odditorium” in Copenhagen for every visitor to see.
Prince Midnight, a metal musician, first went viral when he made a guitar reportedly out of his dead uncle’s skeleton. He released a self-titled EP of his music last year, but what made him famous is his creation of the ’80s era Lars Ulrich functioning toilet.
The art piece was actually a part of his Hellmouth Plumbing Supply, a bathroom outfitter he started with toilet seat lids carrying the images of classic heavy metal album covers.
Last year, Prince Midnight told Loudwire of the toilet:
“Make no mistake, this is not me taking a jab at Lars. This is my way, albeit unconventional, to honor Lars Ulrich and Metallica. I could have painted a picture or made a traditional sculpture, but no one would have even noticed, and really, that’s not the kind of art and performance I do. The first band I ever loved was Metallica, the first record I became obsessed with, the first music I ever dove into, the concert I ever attended.”
The toilet was constructed using “a ton of natural clay from the art store to sculpt the body and legs.”
He further explained:
“I used alginate to mold and cast my own hands and feet in resin. I saved the facial sculpt for last, using photos of Lars from the ’80s. Then, like the hands and feet, I made a mold and cast it in resin. I ran steel rebar through the whole thing with fiberglass batting. My backyard has essentially been an auto body shop for the last couple of months.”
“Some might find the concept of making this toilet to be a work of absurdism, or even feel offended by the notion that it’s being presented as a work of fine art, but that’s how every creative is treated when exploring new creative spaces.”
See photos of the artistic toilet below.