OB Rag T-shirt Contest to Find Hidden Text (scroll down)
It’s been nearly a month now since the new public restrooms at the foot of Brighton Avenue in Ocean Beach opened. And the innovative, design-busting “comfort station” opened to rave reviews from City Hall to San Diego CityBeat. The crazy and weird and cool design elements of the building and its immediate vicinity are far-out, dude.
Here’s a sampling of what the new facility has to offer:
- Nice, roomy restroom interior areas, with changing table for infants in both men’s and women’s rooms;
- Inside benches allow visitors to sit down while they change or wait
- A water fountain
- three accessible exterior showers with a privacy wall
- v-shaped roof forms the definitive seagull wings in flight, invoking the popular O.B. “flying seagull” emblem.
- Solar panels generate energy allowing structure to have “net zero”; naturally lit and ventilated
- a bench around it shaded by its roof.
- 6 Bike racks
- old photograph of Wonderland used for the mural base by artist Shinpei Takeda
- geometric shape without a single 90-degree angle along the entire wall
- Design concept by local firm Kevin deFreitas Architects and artwork by former Ocean Beach resident Shinpei Takeda;
- art depicts the Ocean Beach shoreline
What we do bring up, however, is that despite the local design, etc., and the $1.2 million that was spent on the new facility, the comfort station fails to include stall doors in both the women’s and men’s portions of the facility. In other words, except for the disabled stalls (one for each gender) – which do have doors – there are no doors for the stalls.
This is a huge complaint from women we heard who had visited the restrooms. Without doors to the stalls, we were told, there is no privacy, especially if you have small children. One woman mused sarcastically that she couldn’t wait to see the line for the only stall that has protection.
OB Rag T-Shirt Contest to Find Missing Text
When the place first was opened around July 4th, a U-T San Diego article ran that mentioned that quotes from the OB Rag were included in some of the text that makes up the ceiling artwork. After studying the ceilings in both sides, we could not find any evidence or demonstration that anything from our pages has been included.
So, we’re running a T-shirt contest; find the text, photograph it and send it to us. The first one with any evidence that the OB Rag was quoted wins an OB Rag T-shirt in their size. Just email us : firstname.lastname@example.org