Art: PLumbed Artforms

When Charlotte Corday stormed into Jean Paul Marat's bathroom in 1793, he was in his high, churnlike tub and she stabbed him to the heart. When Siamese soldiers and sailors stormed last week into King Prajadhipok's Bangkok bathroom (see p. 18), made by Standard Sanitary Manufacturing Co., the big U. S. bathtub was empty.

Seriously as well as cynically, some Art critics have called plumbing the only immortal U. S. art-form, the country's sole contribution to world culture. U. S. plumbing annually reaches new esthetic and utilitarian highs. Last week King Prajadhipok missed...

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