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P&O Wall Fountain
Distinctive and significant public art work by renowned sculptor Tom Bass that was commissioned by P&O Orient Line for their new building on Hunter Street. It was fabricated in copper as a more affordable alternative to the original design of carving into the granite facade of the building.
The fountain became infamous after Oz Magazine published a satirical photograph in 1964 that showed three men of varying heights apparently using the fountain as a public toilet. Since then the work has been commonly referred to as 'The Urinal'. The photograph was the subject of a legal battle during which the editors of Oz Magazine were accused of promoting 'public pissing'. .