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Pa. Town Upset About Toilet Art

July 25, 2001

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BATH, Pa. (AP) _ The tree-lined borough of Bath has erupted over one man’s idea of art _ flower pot toilets.

Two white toilets Joseph Taviani plunked down in front of his rental properties have disappeared, but a bright pink one in front of an apartment house remains. For three weeks, pink tulips have sprouted from the bowl of the spray-painted neon pink lawn toilet.

``It’s like up in New York City, Rockefeller Center. They have statues and artwork. Well, Bath has art, too,″ said Taviani, who owns the toilet and the property.

He said lawn toilets draw on the Lehigh Valley borough’s name.

``When you think of Bath, you think of a bathroom,″ Taviani said. ``Tubs were too big.″

Too big or too pink, the idea of the toilets as art is not welcome by everyone.

``It’s definitely in poor taste, no doubt about it,″ said Council Chairman Jack Snyder. ``I think it shows the mentality level of some of the town’s property owners.″

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