Temple of Holy Shit is a public waste installation, a kind of shit-recycling plant, which was installed during the Parckdesign 2014 festival in Brussels. For a period of 6 months the temple found its home in the centre of the park, serving as public toilet for its visitors. The waste is processed, stored, fermented and composted into terra preta, a highly fertile type of soil perfect for any vegetable garden. By drawing parallels with religion, Collective Disaster emphasizes the potentiality of bodily waste as a genuine alternative towards chemical fertilizers, elevating its status to a holy substance. This life-giving material we consider waste was expressively celebrated, not only by the installation itself but also through the numerous events and rituals, which took place throughout the summer. Apart from a compost toilet and terra preta production facility, the design includes a playground with slides and a stage for performances.
Collective Disaster developed a program over the course of the summer that is rendering the temple a social space, where the different local groups can meet and engage together in activities. The main goal of the installation is to educate, spark interest and raise new questions on how to deal with waste. Balancing on the lines between art, architecture, design, biology, ecology, sociology and many more, the installation has triggered interest in many of its users and will hopefully resurrect again in the future.