New Delhi, Dec 2 (UNI) Sounds incredible but doors and window planks, made of human wastes instead of wood, have become a possibility.
This is evident from the fact that at least 21 such designer doors have been put on display at the prestigious Lisson Art Gallery of London.
This remarkable discovery has been made made by the researchers at the Sulabh International who have succeeded in developing strong raw material out of human wastes.
The exhibition of these human based doors was formally launched at a function in London yesterday.
Sulabh International founder Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, the pioneer of sanitation movement in India, while expressing happiness over this discovery, said it could be termed as a milestone in efforts to protect the environment by saving lakhs of trees.
These doors, which are on display, were designed by the Mexico-based designers Santiago Sierra and Mariana David and prepared by the research team of Sulabh International in New Delhi.
Dr Pathak said the designers had succeeded in designing 22 sculptures in shape and size of doors out of manure converted from human wastes from the Sulabh toilet pits.
A Padma Shri awardee whose efforts in providing sanitation to the people of India have been lauded by former President APJ Abdul Kalam and former RBI Governor Bimal Jalan, Dr. Pathak said art lovers and designers are showing a deep interest in these doors during exhibition.
Dr Pathak said they would soon be visiting Sulabh International headquarters here to get first hand experience of the door-making process.
He said these doors would also be displayed in the Munich Gallery in Germany to popularise the new concept.
The United Nations had recently recognised the efforts of Sulabh and contributions of its founder Dr. Pathak for implementing 'Total Sanitation Campaign' through the indigenous two-pit toilet technology, now commonly known as Sulabh toilets.
Dr Pathak said the two-pit toilet technology is scientifically appropriate, economically affordable and culturally acceptable and has been recognised by several international organisations like the World Bank, WHO, UNI