Senior Grace Thorpe said she expected her art installation “HBToilet” to be vandalized — but not to this extent.
The project — which featured a taped and chained shut toilet, surrounded by a fence — disappeared between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
The piece, located in the courtyard of the Campus Y, was made for her ARTS 337 class and was supposed to criticize an institution. Her project was a response to House Bill 2 and the partial-repeal bill and was about visibility and engagement, encouraging people who see it to participate in politics. A sign on the toilet read “Out of Order until Real Repeal.”
Thorpe said this piece is supposed to show the inaccessibility of bathroom spaces and discrimination against LGBTQ people because of this legislation.
“No one knew anything,” Thorpe said. “It wasn’t facilities, maintenance, anything. So no one knows who took it. It just vanished without a trace.”