Superflex “Power Toilet” Installation at Olympic Diner on Delancey
The wonderful greasy spoon (and Boogie standby) at 115 Delancey, Olympic Restaurant, is probably the last place one would expect to discover a duplicate of a famous banker’s bathroom. Seriously, the eatery belongs to a select group of old school, sticky-menu joints which are now endangered species in this city. Anyway, Business Insider is reporting that the divey diner recently installed a loo that is an exact replica of those found in the executive offices of JP Morgan. That’s right, CEO Jamie Dimon takes a dump on a porcelin pot just like this!
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It’s all a public art project, though. Naturally. Superflex, a Danish collective currently involved in the Creative Time endeavor (“Living as Form”) at the old Essex Street Market, is behind this outhouse installation. The group maintains that it acquired photos of Dimon’s bathroom and used that as prototype.
Superflex member Bjørnstjerne Christiansen provides context for this humorous exhibit, dubbed “Power Toilet”:
“When you enter into a diner, it’s a functional place — it has its life,” says Superflex member Bjørnstjerne Christiansen. “Then all of a sudden you go into the toilet. At first you may notice it looks a bit strange for a place like this — it’s really the working class who come here. We hope people could make the links to JP Morgan Chase or what the financial crisis means to them personally, as a story, as a cultural discussion.”
As reported earlier this week, Creative Time and MARKET are happening side-by-side in the abandoned Essex Street Market building on the south side of Delancey. We’ll have a booth there tomorrow. So stop by in the afternoon to say hi to the Boogie boys.