This Giant Cake Bathroom is Part of a Japanese Toilet Festival

By: Charlotte Joyce Kidd - Sep 28, 2015
References: hyperallergic & spoon-tamago
This totally unusual public bathroom -- shaped either like a giant cake or a colossal ice cream sundae -- is part of a Japanese toilet festival in which artists create public art installations that double as public restrooms.

The round pink washroom hut is designed by artist Mika Kasahara. Titled 'Melting Dream,' the piece looks like a cartoon cake or dish of ice cream from the outside, covered in illuminated puffs of whip cream and round, red cherry-like orbs. On the inside, it contains several stalls, sinks and mirrors, as well as a row of urinals on a wall decorated with images of dessert. The decadent, photo-realistic mural is covered in dripping icing and luscious fruits.

The purpose of the Japanese toilet art piece, according to the artist, is to portray a dark subliminal eroticism that echoes the crumbling of Japanese culture after the Fukushima nuclear incident.