WaterAid brings The Loovre to Glastonbury Festival featuring famous artwork with a toilet twist

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Laura Crowley
28 June 2019
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WaterAid has brought ‘The Loovre’ – probably the first ever art gallery in a toilet cubicle – to Glastonbury Festival this summer, providing the most cultural convenience on Worthy Farm. 

The unique display in the dunny features some of the world's most famous pieces of artwork with a toilet twist. Some subjects depicted are being denied access to a toilet, highlighting the one in four people across the globe who have no decent sanitation. 

The creative illustrations by up-and-coming artists include Michelangelo’s David, who’s shown crossing his legs as he waits in a long toilet queue, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa who is uncomfortably holding on till nightfall before she can find somewhere outside private to relieve herself, and Venus de Milo who has leaked blood on her white cloths.

Meanwhile, the Thinker is pictured pondering on a privy, Manneken Pis is using a urinal, Frida Kahlo is framed in a bathroom mirror, and Botticelli's Venus is being presented with sanitary products, together representing the three in four globally who are fortunate enough to have access to good sanitation.

Other artwork parodied in the striking collection include works by Picasso, Matisse and Duchamp.

The Glastonbury Loovre is located by the Pyramid stage, and like its iconic Parisian counterpart, comes complete with its very own transparent pyramid, mirroring the iconic structure designed by architect Ieoh Ming Pei, who died last month. Neon lights line the sides to give it a Glastonbury vibe, and it even includes such mini luxuries as a coat hook and bench.

Lauren O’Neill said: 

“One of the paintings said that more people have a mobile phone than a toilet. When you look at it, you’re quite taken aback. I think it’s shocking that 1 in 4 people don’t have access to a toilet, especially in this day and age.” 

After his visit, Steve Cheshire (pictured) said: 

“It’s the best toilet on site; it’s an amazing experience – I feel like I’m in Paris! I think the artwork is wonderful and it really makes you think. Everyone should have access to a toilet.” 

The Loovre, like the other toilets across the Glastonbury site, will be kept clean by WaterAid's Loo Crew - a team of volunteers helping make the festival experience even more enjoyable for everyone while also raising awareness of the international charity's work.

The pop-up exhibition in the loo is part of WaterAid's Access Denied campaign, which calls for everyone everywhere to have access to decent toilets and clean water, no matter who they are or where they live.

Tim Wainwright, Chief Executive at WaterAid, said:

"We're really excited to launch The Loovre at Glastonbury Festival this year. This fun exhibition provides some entertainment and contemplation while using the convenience, as well as conveying a serious message: no one should have their access denied to decent sanitation and clean water because of who they are or where they live. One in four people – that's 2 billion people across the globe – have nowhere safe or decent to go to the toilet. We are fighting this inequality and working towards a world where everyone everywhere has access to these basic human rights."

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Notes to editors


WaterAid is working to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation. The international not-for-profit organisation works in 28 countries to change the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 26.4 million people with clean water and 26.3 million people with decent toilets. For more information, visit www.wateraid.org/uk, follow @wateraid or @WaterAidPress on Twitter, or find WaterAid UK on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wateraid.

  • 785 million people in the world – one in ten – do not have clean water close to home.[1]
  • 2 billion people in the world – almost one in four – do not have a decent toilet of their own.[2]
  • Around 310,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That's almost 800 children a day, or one child every two minutes.[3]
  • Every £1 invested in water and toilets returns an average of £4 in increased productivity.[4]
  • Just £15 can provide one person with clean water.[5]
  • To find out if countries are keeping their promises on water and sanitation, see the online database www.WASHwatch.org 

[1] WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2017 update and SDG Baselines

[2] WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2017 update and SDG Baselines

[3] washwatch.org

[4] World Health organization (2012) Global costs and benefits of drinking-water supply and sanitation interventions to reach the MDG target and universal coverage

[5] www.wateraid.org