Sometimes I need extra time in the shower to fully shave for a date, wash off the foam beard I created or cry about my failures in life and other completely normal things.
Which is exactly why I do not like the sound of this spiky shower curtain.
The concept was originally created by London-based textile-based installation artist and educator Elizabeth Buecher, who has a collection of artwork that falls under the category of Ecological art, a type of art that specialises in supporting environmental activism.
In an effort to save water, and in turn the planet, her latest invention essentially sprouts spikes after four minutes to kick people out of it. I hate it but at the same time it’s ingenious.
This art piece, in particular, was made to remind people about their water usage and is part of a series called, “My Shower Is A Green Warrior”.
Sounds commendable, as my shower is just a resting place for mould.
The defining aspect of the design is that after a user has been showing for over four minutes, a built-in sensor will go off, which sets off the spikes and makes them inflate in the shower space.
Buecher spoke to Mochi, saying: “These curtains are not really for marketing but aim at provoking a debate around water issues,”
“If you don’t want to get trapped you have to get out before it does and stop damaging the environment.”
However, those of us who take long showers needn’t to worry yet, as the shower curtains aren’t actually available to buy and the spikes won’t harm you.
They’re just an incredibly inconvenient invention.
Sure, it’s great for the planet, but I need my uninterrupted shower time.
Gugu mashava is a Journalism (aka ‘not a real degree’) student who tends to self-medicate with cocktails. She was most likely taken on by The Hook, not for her mediocre article writing skills, but to fill a diversity quota. During her anti-The Hook hours, you can find her running through fields of wheat, spending her loans wisely on sales, and improving her intellect by watching trash TV.