A Lars Ulrich toilet handcrafted by Tampa-based musician and artist Prince Midnight has hit the auction block with a starting bid of $5,000. Midnight—who went viral on the internet after allegedly making a guitar from his uncle's skeleton—told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay that Sotheby's and Christie’s both declined, so he's throwing the one-of-a-kind handcrafted art on eBay.
The item is technically labeled as "Fountaine de Lars, Utilitarian Sculpture Of Lars Ulrich Of Metallica As A Toilet," and Midnight told CL that, "Essentially, we have to ask ourselves as artists and art collectors, what types of work will define this modern era?"
Over the weekend, Midnight installed the toilet at Tampa rock club Brass Mug where his band, the Searing Torment, made its live debut. In previous conversations with CL, Midnight said he learned the technique, which involves precisely measuring the face and its vertical and horizontal lines, “while apprenticing at Madame Tussaud’s in London.”
Read the full description of the item below, and visit it in real life by visiting the Brass Mug in North Tampa.
This item is the physical manifestation of a multifaceted performance by Prince Midnight, under the moniker of Hellmouth Plumbing Supply.
The item was the subject of a viral news story that swept across the world appearing in dozens of news articles, receiving hundreds of thousands of collective “likes” and even was commented on by Metallica’s bassist, Robert Trujillo.
The work is a likeness of Metallica’s Lars Ulrich captured in a toilet, blending the two into a single, functioning, utilitarian object. The fiberglass shell was applied over a clay sculpture and will align with most any standard toilet for normal use.
The sculpted toilet was featured in a pop-up gallery in the bathroom of famed heavy metal bar, The Brass Mug, as part of an immersive art experience alongside several enamel painted toilet lids.
The work was inspired by conceptual artist Marcell Duchamp’s toilet-centric work “Fountain,” the utilitarian works of the Bauhaus School, and the immersive experience art of Yayoi Kusama (“Infinity Mirror Room”) and Char Davies (“Osmose.” ) In the words of the artist, this piece “embraces human existence’s profoundly absurd condition” and represents our culture’s obsession with viral stories, capturing a moment in these ephemeral experiences of our collective consciousness.
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