This rather startling photograph of a mural above the urinals in a men's room has been circulating via email and online since 2005. The mural depicted in the photograph is real. However, the current version of the message includes a description that is totally false and was apparently tacked onto the photograph at some point during its journey through cyberspace.

The mural was designed by Perron Developments and graces a second floor men's loo in a Sofitel hotel in Queenstown, New Zealand.

An October 2005 article on Hotel Industry News notes:

The second floor men's toilet, which services the complex's restaurants including Bezu and Fatz Cat, has been tastefully and aesthetically designed by the complex's developers Cam Marsh and Mark Perriam of Perron, and Brett Taylor of Group CDA. It features six unique individual 'stands' manufactured by Three Sixty Limited in Auckland.

But it's not the tasteful design or subtle lighting that has tongues wagging in the New Zealand resort town.

It is the six-metre long backdrop of life-size photographs featuring local models in varying poses directly behind each of the six stands - each with a full view of the action.
The shots were taken by photographer Sheena Haywood and feature models from Ican Modelling, a Queenstown agency.

Thanks Heather Harris for the Snarky contribution!

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