Sulphur Springs is Finalist in America's Best Restroom Contest
SULPHUR SPRINGS - Sulphur Springs unusual see-through public restroom on their downtown plaza was chosen as one of 10 finalists in Cintas' America's Best Restroom Contest. The public is invited to vote online at www.bestrestroom.com/us/vote.asp through October 31.
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cintas Corporation provides restroom supplies among other products. They put together a team of survey editors tasked with narrowing down the 10 best restrooms in the country before the Internet public picks their favorite.
The Sulphur Springs restroom is one of the only see-through public restrooms in the world - built with one-way mirrors so people inside can see out, but those outside cannot see in. This functional art was partly inspired by an Italian art piece, Monica Bonivicini's 'Don't Miss A Sec' from 2004, which was on display outside an art museum in Switzerland. The structure was initially part of the overall exhibit, but when construction workers began using the glass bathroom, the idea of "functional art" evolved. In order for the illusion to work properly, the outside of the structure must be more lit than the inside. This bathroom has no lights on the inside and in order to see at night, LED lights were placed on the outside of the structure, for the illusion to remain. Sulphur Springs has the only functional, permanent and code-complying glass bathrooms constructed with one-way mirrors in the country. The design includes a spacious wheelchair-accessible interior and a gleaming stainless steel toilet and sink.
Other contest finalists are in San Francisco and San Luis Obispo in California; Tampa and West Palm Beach in Florida; Minneapolis; Paramus, New Jersey; New York; Portland, Oregon; and Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
The contest's site takes visitors on a photographic tour of each facility and then encourages them to choose their favorite. The winner of the 12th annual Cintas' America's Best Restroom Contest will be revealed during a nationally publicized media event later this fall, and both the winner and runner-up will secure a place in Cintas' Hall of Fame.
Sulphur Springs is a thriving community in Northeast Texas where residents and visitors alike gather on the downtown square for special events or simply to stroll around the plaza or play a giant chess or checkers game. In season there's a nationally-recoginzed farmers' market on Saturday nights. A lighted, interactive fountain in the shape of the Texas star, illuminated with ultra violet light is a favorite with kids. The plaza includes the restored Hopkins County vintage courthouse and a stunning veterans memorial with granite walls, waterfalls, statue, benches, and even a kiosk where visitors can learn more about the veterans. Several restaurants and shopping opportunities make this a great day trip or overnight getaway. There are nine hotels nearby, major lakes and recreational attractions, 3,000 acres of parks, museums, and an award-winning airport. Festivals, concerts, and other events are held regularly on the downtown square and at the Hopkins County Civic Center. For more information about Sulphur Springs call 903.885.5614 or 888.300.6623 and go to www.visitsulphurspringstx.org.