The Strange Toilet Waterfall of Foshan

Mitchell BlattMitchell Blatt
August 27, 2013

Do you have to ask where they get the water from?

In Foshan’s art district, they have one strange waterfall that attracts interest on the “China’s strangest public art” list.

Those are the sinks I’m washing my hands in.

It’s called the “Toilet Bowl Waterfall.

Actually, half of it is sinks, and the other half is toilets, so I washed my hands in the sink section.

My friend Molly Mok was taking me around Foshan, the city nearby Guangdong. The first place in Foshan we went was the old traditional mansions area that was turned into a shopping and restaurant district. Everywhere has a sort of upscale place like this built inside of nice old buildings. In Shanghai it is Xintiandi. In Beijing it is Hou Hai. In Foshan, it is right next to Zumiao station.

The buildings certainly look different there than they do in Shanghai or Dali. At first I thought they looked like traditional Mexican, so then it became a running joke that Guangdong style looks Mexican.

But the highlight of the day was Shiwan Park, an artistic park with ceramics and statues. The biggest art fixture was the “Toilet Bowl Waterfall.” It was built in 2009 with 10,000 toilets and sinks.

Its just one of the many interesting public art monuments in China that include a statues of Transformers robots, massaging pigs, a giant bowl of Lanzhou lamian and a BMW Z4 statue. One wonders if the Lanzhou lamian is supposed to pay homage to Lanzhou’s famous noodle dish, is the BMW Z4 in Beijing supposed to pay homage to Beijing’s famous public servants? (These are China’s weirdest monuments – io9)