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Nakanoshima Hotel: Tatzu Nishino Transforms A Public Bathroom into a Hotel Room

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Updated: Nov 15, 2012 02:02 PM EST

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Restaurants in London are being built around old toilets.(Photo : Reuters)

Artist Tatzu Nishino has created a one-room hotel out of a public bathroom in Osaka.  The Japanese contemporary artist transformed the bathroom in Nakanoshima Park and is now named "Nakanoshima Hotel" for a short time, reported Rocket News 24. The bathroom turned hotel room is a part of the Osaka Canvas Project which is an art event.

Nishino, also known as Tatzu Nishi, created a 22 square meter bedroom which a shower, bed and own private bathroom. The public restroom surrounds the hotel room. The Huffington Post reported that during the Osaka Canvas Project the hotel room is fully booked.

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Patrons can her toilet users from the hotel room, including flushes but that hasn't stopped people from booing up the room.

Nishino is known for his contemporary works that transform places. He recently also transformed New York's historic statue of Christiopher Columbus into an interactive living room. He reimagined that statue in Columbus Circle into a  modern living room with tables, chairs, rugs, a  all surrounding the statue.

"Discovering Columbus offers both a unique perspective on a historical monument and a surreal experience of the sculpture in a new context. Allowing us to take a journey up six flights of stairs to a fictional living room, Tatzu Nishi invites us to discover for ourselves where the imagination may lead," Public Art Fund says on its website.

Nishi lives in Berlin, Germany and Tokyo and other works include Villa Victoria which was a temporary hotel around a statue of Queen Victoria which showed at the 2002 lIverpool Biennial. He also created "Engel" in 2002 which was a one-room apartment over a cathedral in Basel, Switzerland.

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