Huge terracotta statue unveiled in Glastonbury toilet to warn of climate change

A gigantic terracotta toilet sculpture on Worthy Farm was unveiled at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

Mastaba-goers will see the 2.5-meter-high model built using some special Glastonbury clay, mixed with local Somerset sand and the compost the latrines produced at previous festivals.

Submitted by WaterAid and crafted by The Big Bog, the statue can be found alongside four eco-friendly composting toilets operated by the charity Good Loos.

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The model was made from Worthy Farm clay, Somerset sand, and compost that latrines had produced at previous festivals. (Ben Roberts/Water Aid)

The model, located near the pyramid stage, took more than 40 hours to create, and is there to highlight that one in five people worldwide does not have access to decent sanitation.

The Big Bog, created by artists Sand In Your Eye, is subject to intentional damage–cracking if it gets too hot or washed out in the rain.

This is a method that symbolizes the climate crisis and how it continues to threaten millions of people’s access to basic needs like clean water and toilets, according to WaterAid.

Above the toilet is a model of one of Loo Crew’s WaterAid volunteers, Tim Lloyd, who is pictured sitting reading Glastonbury’s Free Press.

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(WaterAid / Sand in Your Eye)

Mr. Lloyd said it was an “honour” to be part of the WaterAid model.

He said: “It is shocking to think that one in five people around the world does not have access to a decent toilet while one in ten does not have clean water, and climate change is making life more difficult for those living in poverty.

“It is such an honor to be immortalized in the mud here in Glastonbury and I hope this helps spread the message that everyone, everywhere deserves a clean, safe and reliable toilet.

“Whether it’s waiting to get a drink, waiting to use the toilet, or the cleanliness of their place, festivals remind people of what it might be like for the millions of people who don’t have access to clean water or toilets.

“I will be spreading the message that we can all help make a difference for the communities living on the front lines of climate change.”

WaterAid’s toilet sculpture intends to raise awareness of her campaign, Climate Action.

Tim Wainwright, CEO of WaterAid, said: “We are excited to be back in Glastonbury this year and hope to have great success with Big Bog.

“Toilets and mud are two things that are synonymous with festivals, and while this statue is a bit fun, it conveys an important message – the climate crisis is a water crisis, threatening the access of millions of people to clean water and sanitation facilities.

“To ensure the world’s most vulnerable people have the tools to tackle all kinds of climate impacts from deadly heat waves to devastating floods, we call on the UK government to lead in making access to clean water and sanitation at the forefront of the climate change agenda.”

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