✾ Orchid Urinal Sculptures by Clark Sorensen 🚽

Urinal Sculptures by Clark Sorensen

✿❀ Would you like your home urinal, toilet bowl or wash basin to look like an orchid flower? ❀✿

At the age of 54 (in 2014) and brought up by strict Mormons in Salt Lake City, Clark Sorensen used to design costumes and video games in his former professions. Whilst he has ceased exercising digital playfulness and creative quirkiness through such a pursuit as releasing a video game depicting a Barbie doll doing gymnastics, he has found his ultimate calling in transforming the ugly and dirty into the pretty and glossy through the juxtaposition and contradiction of the functional and the pedestrian, and of the masculine and the feminine.

According to clarkmade.com:

The juxtaposition of contrasting beauty and functionality in a bathroom fixture typically seen in men’s public restrooms has lead Clark Sorensen around the world — from South Korea to Bermuda to Scotland. Sorensen’s art has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions and home design shows. Installed in 13 commercial locations and over 20 private residences, Sorensen’s one-of-a-kind, handcrafted urinal and sink sculptures are startlingly beautiful additions to any bathroom.

Using catchphrases such as “Flush With Beauty” and “Urination Refined”, modern sculptor Clark Sorensen creates fascinating and functional art in his San Francisco basement studio in the Mission District. Many of his oeuvres have been inspired by Nature, and are scaled to the dimension commensurate with the fixtures and amenities of toilets and latrines to accommodate gentlemen with refined taste and humour.

The shapes of his high-fire shiny porcelain urinals range from Snail Shell, Spiral Shell, Nautilus Shell, Pitcher Plant, Venus Fly Trap, Tulip, Poppy, Hibiscus, Lotus, Jack-In-The-Pulpit, Hollyhock, Easter Lily, Calla Lily and Sego Lily to Paphiopedilum and Cattleya, as well as what seem to be Cymbidium and Dendrobium.

Sorensen had exhibited eight new urinals at the opening of the annnual Pacific Orchid Exposition in 2005, where one of the urinals was in the shape of a saxophone in keeping with the show’s theme “Orchids And All That Jazz”. In 2008, Sorensen’s orchid urinals were featured at the Patrick Moore Gallery, San Diego, and at the California Orchid Exposition, San Francisco, and also at the Barton Grange Garden Centre, Preston, UK.

It is interesting to surmise as to why Sorensen has frequently choosen orchids as the subjects, given that there are many other kinds of flowers to choose from. Perhaps the reason could be that the morphological asymmetry of orchid flowers lends themselves very well to be adapted or modelled as urinals.

Clark Sorensen’s work has been twice featured at the Pacific Orchid Exposition chaired by Dennis Westler working in the gardening/landscaping sector at San Francisco, California. Having had first-hand experience of Sorensen in person in the same city, Westler has revealed to SoundEagle about the sculptor as follows in a post published in the Queensland Orchid Society Facebook Group:

… He is a really nice guy, and a skilled artist.…

… But I will add that he is not specifically inspired by orchids, and has other fixtures inspired by other things. At our show there were bathroom fixtures inspired by musical instruments, venus fly traps and other plant material as well as orchids. He is not an orchid grower himself, and strives to maintain the same level of accuracy in depiction regardless of what he is inspired by.

What is important about his work is the humor, the mixture of function and decoration, and the desire to enrich the home environment with expertly crafted objects. While the cost of production and shipping these things to the most distant possible part of the world is prohibitive, it is still great to get the word out about him to as many people as possible.

In case you were not aware, he does bidets and vanities. And commissions.

URINAL SCULPTURES by Clark Sorensen These hand crafted urinal sculptures are made of durable, high-fire porcelain - the same material as commercial fixtures. You are not likely to find anything like these anywhere else. Clark Sorensen has been featured in design and art magazines around the world for these unique creations. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind work of art and made completely by hand. http://www.clarkmade.com/urinals.html www.facebook.com/GawlerOrchids

K-w SoundEagle shared Gawler Districts Orchid Club Inc.’s photo in the Queensland Orchid International Facebook Group, where the public is free to join, share photos and videos, leave comments, have discussions, as well as post questions and answers.
  • Alison Viatos Wow , this confirms that orchid’s are addictive ! Even when a bloke takes a pee he can see his beloved orchid !
  • K-w SoundEagle It is probably more accurate to comment or critique that Mr Clark Sorensen has been not so much addicted to orchids as inspired by them.
  • Alison Viatos Ah , so do u mean that looking at that particular orchid congers up a thought of a urinal ? Hence maybe ,he quiet rightly so is not addicted to orchids but merely admiring the shape & giving it some style .
  • K-w SoundEagle It would be an addiction if it becomes an obsession that interferes with his life.

    Besides, some artworks and everyday objects have been made into the shapes of various orchids. I have a candle that is very realistically shaped into a cattleya flower. Granted that orchid-shaped urinals are quite rare if not bizarre, they are nevertheless legitimate fixtures with practical utilitarian values; and to some connoisseurs, are highly desirable collectables, cultural capitals and status symbols.

  • K-w SoundEagle By the way, the cattleya-shaped candle is handmade and also painted or dyed in vivid colours. And it has been in my possession for years.
  • Alison Viatos In other words it’s not going to burn any time soon ! LOL
    A friend brought back a soap carved orchid from Bali – they are great carvers . Back to the urinal – I get that it’s a fashion statement & yes a $ amt is involved . Taking this toilet art to the ridiculous a urinal cake could be made to not only smell sweet but look good enough to eat !!
  • Alison Viatos Getting back to the original subject of orchid – i do believe the is an addictive nature to the very often overly beautiful & long lived bloom . After all plant hunters were often sent to their death to collect them from the wild for wealthy addicts . The book the orchid thief is a good read as is the true story of the 2 English travellers who were taken hostage while trekking in the jungle – looking for orchids !! It is well documented about the spell orchids have over the enthusiasts who collect & grow them – this could well be you !!!!
  • K-w SoundEagle Hi Alison,

    It would be prudent of you to learn more about addiction and to use that word with greater caution.

    Also, the demise of some plant hunters are/were not due to the “addiction” (to use your own word here) of their wealthy patrons or sponsors. Rather, it is/was due to the arduous nature of the expeditions, plus diseases, socio-political strife, poaching, isolation, means of communication and transportation, food and cultural differences, as well as geographical factors, climates, and other challenges and complications.

  • Alison Viatos Good morning kw , thank you for the pathology report . I am an addict – that’s right .I am addicted to love & I get high daily on life so without being rude – put that in your pipe & smoke it .And on that note , have a good day – all day !!
  • K-w SoundEagle Whilst it may be amusing or facetious, such (manner of) declaration or glorification of your addiction to love signifies a gross ignorance, denial and/or suppression of the resulting philosophical and existential ramifications.
  • Alison Viatos Surly kw u would acknowledge the existent addictive nature of orchids . It is not just my opinion but well documented over the ages .Could it be that you are in denial ? This being the case why don’t you put the question to the group ? – for a fair assessment Independant of our opinions .
  • K-w SoundEagle Alison, it is quite clear that you have been mistaken and/or careless again. Please read my previous comments carefully. Also, please read up on addictions, and there are many types. Your understanding of addiction is that of a layperson, and very loose and inaccurate, not to mention the many recurrent problems and patterns with your logic and how you arrive at certain conclusions, both here and elsewhere since we were first acquainted.
  • K-w SoundEagle No reasonable and well informed person would rush to a conclusion that an(y) artist making a urinal in the shape of an orchid is sufficient to demonstrate or prove (by your own first statement above) that “Wow , this confirms that orchid’s are addictive ! Even when a bloke takes a pee he can see his beloved orchid !”

    As for where, how and why you have erred in your later comments, I shall leave them to you to work them out in your own time and space.

  • K-w SoundEagle As for your statement “why don’t you put the question to the group ? – for a fair assessment Independant of our opinions .”, you and I and others know that this is always an open group and forum, and anyone can join the discussions anytime.
  • Sharyn Kann As the wife of a “Once was a Plumber” – that is how he describes himself – I can only comment that if any flower lends itself to being used as a model for a urinal, surely it has to be a Paph!. As for addictions, I suspect that most of us Orchid Addicts are just compulsive acquirers. Not sure if that makes us addicts.
  • K-w SoundEagle The wife of a “Once was a Plumber” reminds SoundEagle of a lady living on the Wisteria Lane in the TV series “Desperate Housewives”.

    There are diagnostics tools used by behavioural science professionals for determining whether and to what extent avid collectors, keen hobbyists, compulsive acquirers and obsessive hoarders suffer from addiction.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Sharyn. The weather has been much cooler and more bearable after the heavy storm a day or two ago.

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    • Hi Clever Fox Photography (of Cute and Clever Polaroid Photography),

      It is heartening that you care about your grandfather and would like to show him the real urinals rather than just the photos. Perhaps you and your grandfather could pay Clark Sorensen a visit. You can find his contact detail at http://www.clarkmade.com/contact.htm.

      You might want to reload and read this post once more as it has just been improved and extended when you submitted your comment earlier. Cheers!


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    • Hi Stephanie, SoundEagle would like to thank you for visiting and commenting.

      As an alternative to adding a men’s room, perhaps you could suggest to Clark Sorensen that he could create orchid wash basins or drink fountains in addition to urinals, so that more choices and a greater range of functionality would be available as domestic fixtures to his clients.


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  10. Living in rural Panama I’ve found so many more people have artisan skills. Handmade sombreros, bongos, sandals, musical instruments, and just overall talent everywhere you roll. I miss that about older days, where people expressed themselves through useful beauty. These urinals could decorate any room beautifully with so many uses. Thanks for sharing. Wonderful, colorful post. Surreal, really. I like!

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    • Thank you, Jim, for recounting your former life in Panama, where you had your regular brush with arts and artisans.

      Whilst you enjoyed the local produce, people and culture in Panama, what kind of personal or professional calling took you to Central America?

      Speaking of Central America and the northern parts of South America, you will find the post entitled “🐒 Monkey Orchids and Chinese New Year of 2016 🏮” to be a special treat introducing you to the fragrant orchid named Dracula simia and other closely related Dracula species, including Dracula gigas. Yes, some of the orchids in this fascinating genus do resemble Count Dracula, although many of them look like a monkey face.

      Another post concerns conservation groups in Ecuador, as documented and promoted by the post entitled “JATUN SISA Botanical Garden and Sanctuary of Wildlife 🏞”. There is now a biotechnological research division in the JATUN SISA Botanical Garden created by young scientists in the biotechnological engineering discipline in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

      Considering the relevance and quality of what you have discussed at your post entitled “Creatio ex Cultus—Sokal Art and Religion”, you will be pleased to know that SoundEagle🦅 has hyperlinked your post to this post.

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      • Thanks for the ping Sound Eagle. To answer your question, I went to live in the Panama jungle several years ago as an exercise in sanity and good health. I sold all of my earthly possessions, House, cars, tools, everything! With the wife and 3 kids and we landed in Panama with a suitcase each and bought a truck, drove five hours into the jungle and homesteaded at an old cabin my wife had frequented as a young girl. We fixed up the place (it was rustico) to say the least lol, and started living amongst the howler monkeys and a few sparse neighbors. There was no intent but to detox from life on the streets as a medic, and live the way “I” was meant to live. Simply and self sufficient.
        We eventually built a home and share time between there and Washington. Agua Buena is old Panama, and like walking back in time 75 years. I love it and the people are genuine. There’s maybe a book in it some day, but I’m always up for an adventure.

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      • What a journey and change of life you have had, Jim! You must have been very dissatisfied with your life and work. What profession were you in before taking such a momentous change?

        SoundEagle🦅 is somewhat confused by your sentence “We eventually built a home and share time between there and Washington.” Do you mean that you have a home in Agua Buena of old Panama and another home in Washington (which is odd as you had sold everything), that you spend roughly equal time in both homes, and that you have not completely left your former life in the United States of America?

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      • I returned to the stated a few months ahead of my family and bought a couple acres and built a new house. That too, I did myself from the ground up. Something I’ve wanted to do is build a whole house by myself. It was really excellent. I found a nice forested property with lots of wildlife—and quiet. We decided to return to the states for a time. Kids needed to graduated from HS and get on with their lives, so we are sharing time north and south for now. That’s how I now have a house in Washington—again, not still. That did sound a little off didn’t it? I compressed several years into a paragraph. That’ll happen

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