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Artist creates nature-inspired urinal sculptures


Sculptor Clark Sorensen, seen here in his San Francisco studio in 2005. The artist is racing right now to complete eight new urinals in time for Thursday's opening of the annnual Pacific Orchid Exposition. In keeping with the show's theme this year ("Orchids And All That Jazz"), one of Sorensen's urinals will be in the shape of a saxophone.

Many of the artist's bathroom works--all of them plumbed to be fully-functional--sell for just under $8,000. His most expensive urinal to date was priced at $14,000.

Sorensen creates his sculptures in a basement studio in San Francisco's Mission District.

Sorensen says many of his customers are women whose husbands want a home urinal. "The conversation goes like this," he says: The husband says, I want a urinal. The wife says, No way--only if it's something special or beautiful. "And then," says Sorensen, "They find me."

Sorensen says his works are "inspired by nature (and the call of it)."

"Because most people think of a urinal as being ugly or dirty, it is the perfect object to beautify," says Sorensen. "My works echo the classic conflicts between masculine and feminine, good and evil, soiled and chaste."

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