A French company has installed very open, very public, standing urinals throughout Pari. The urinoirs allow men to walk up, unzip, and urinate into what looks like a mailbox. Not. Creepy. At. All.
A new set of eco-friendly but completely exposed urinals deployed on the streets of Paris are provoking uproar from locals.
One of the bright red “urinoirs” installed on the Ile Saint-Louis, not far from Notre Dame cathedral and overlooking tourist boats passing on the Seine, has caused particular indignation.
The designer of the “Uritrottoir” – a combination of the French words for urinal and pavement – said it offered an “eco solution to public peeing”. The device is essentially a box with an opening in the front and a floral display on top, containing straw which transforms into compost for use in parks and gardens.
One wonders if the urinoirs accommodate men of all sizes. I mean, if you have a rowboat instead of a cruise ship, you may be forced to get dangerously close to the mailbox.