Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/20/toilet_day/

London gets huge Defecator Enthroned statue for World Toilet Week

Your face can be on it, if you GiveAShit. Excrement!

By Anna Leach

Posted in Bootnotes, 20th November 2012 05:57 GMT

A giant squatting man has been erected outside the offices of the London mayor in a bid to raise "awareness" of the toilet.

The 5-metre high squatting figure next to London's Tower Bridge turns its head to look at passersby and on its face - comprising four large screens - the bending statue hosts photos of members of the public. People who want to be seen giving a crap can sign up via Facebook and do their bit for the loo.

The Public Toilet installation at Tower Bridge, London ­ a giant sculpture of a squatting man ­ commissioned by Domestos © to raise awareness about World Toilet Day on 19th November and the 1.1 billion people who can¹t go in private (4).jpg

The Public Toilet installation

A stunt for "breaking the taboo around toilets" and raising awareness of sanitation, the statue will remain on Boris Johnson's front lawn for the duration of World Toilet Week this week, from 17 to 21 November.

It's not a realistic depiction of a pooing man, looking more like a glued-together selection of white Rubix cubes, but the technical achievement of the Public Toilet statue is to pull in crowd-sourced images of members of the public.

If you like, you can go and look at the statue at the time when your face will be displayed on it. Alternatively, you can watch the passersby looking at it on the live webcam.

Sign up over on Facebook here. You can't suggest another person, sadly.

Boris, on his official Twitter account at least, has made no remark on the statue.

Key World Toilet Week facts:

One in three people globally have no access to a toilet

1.1 billion people defecate in the open

Diarrhoeal disease is the number two cause of child death worldwide

1 gram of poo is home to 10 million viruses, 1 million bacteria, 1k parasites and 100 worm eggs

An estimated 10 grams of fecal matter are consumed a day by people without a toilet

More people die from disease caused by not having a toilet than from HIV/Aids, malaria and TB combined

Toilets have added 20 years to the human lifespan over the past two centuries, claiming the title of the invention of the past 200 years that has saved most people's lives

More people have a mobile phone than a toilet

The campaign, IGiveAShit can be found here. ®