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I think it’s fair to say that you can rely on me to come up with obscure things to map. This month, it’s urine deflectors. There are part of hostile architecture, built in the 19th century (in Europe) to prevent public wild urination. urine deflector in Wexford, Ireland This is one I came across in Wexford, while I was surveying for benchmarks.

An archaeologist I’m friends with posted about them last October, and I had thought since that that would be something to map, but I hadn’t gotten around to it.

The two in Wexford were the first ones I mapped, and I’ve created wiki pages in English and German. I’m using the hashtag #NotTakingThePiss.

I’ve also made a video about mapping some in Kilkenny.

I was able to track down some on wikicommons using Bing Streetview and Mapillary, so there are a couple in Europe mapped now. They must have been used in Arab countries as well, because I found an Arab word for them on wikidata.

I hope everyone is okay with the tagging I came up with. No historic key here, because they still serve their purpose, even though CCTV probably works better now.

Location: The North End, Wexford, The Borough District of Wexford, County Wexford, Leinster, Y35 CYD2, Ireland

Discussion

Comment from TheSwavu on 30 May 2023 at 03:11

Meanwhile in Sydney…. picture of P&O sculpture Sydney

Comment from MxxCon on 30 May 2023 at 03:58

I don’t understand what is “urine deflector” in that photo? Charred street pole?

Comment from b-unicycling on 30 May 2023 at 10:12

@MxxCon: No, it’s the thing behind the lamp post. It’s all explained on the wiki and in the video.

Comment from ChristianA on 31 May 2023 at 08:35

This is one of the things I love about OSM. Well, not the urine deflectors as such, but the possibility to work on rather differens things. Not only are there thousands of people mapping the world together, but there is also plenty of room for each of us to map whatever we happen to find interesting. Some map only individual trees, others abandoned buildings, or urine deflectors. Cheers!

Comment from b-unicycling on 31 May 2023 at 17:53

@ChristianA: It’s not going to be my lifelong mission to map them, just a way to draw attention to them. But I agree; you won’t get that diversity on any other map.

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