|A toilet in the LAX Marriott - August, 2011|
Most Japanese toilets have a two way flushing mechanism allowing the user to choose between large, marked with the kanji 大, or small, marked with 小. It seemed natural. It’s a great way to save water and money. Why hadn’t these toilets been introduced in Tucson or Los Angeles where water is scarce? A definite problem would be what symbols to use for 大 and 小.
My problem, as the solution in the photo shows, was that I was trying to do a direct translation of 大 to large and 小 to small. I failed to consider the mechanics of the device itself. Large would flush the entire tank while small would flush, more or less, half.
For more about human/landscape/object relations see: Future Perfect.