SLEEPING POLICEMAN'S BED
(AND BRITAIN'S FIRST 'BED RAGE' INCIDENT, COURTESY OF 'ROOM RAGE')
SEPTEMBER 2003, BEECH CROFT ROAD, SUMMERTOWN, OXFORD, ENGLAND

DESCRIPTION

BED IN STREET


MATERIALS

BED, CURTAINS, COMMODE, DOLL


BUDGET

£0


CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE

2 HOURS


SUMMARY

Sometimes a Road-Witch Trial sort of suggests itself.

The bed used for this installation was found outside the Lady Nuffield Home, a nursing home at the end of Beech Croft Road (they throw out a lot of beds). I wheeled it down to my front garden when I was walking home one day.

Then, by some strange miracle, the commode appeared in an empty lot at the other end of the street. I'd never seen one of these before, but there it was sitting outside.

Using an old pair of curtains left in my house from the previous owners, I was quickly able to construct this bed.

It was one of the neighbours who coined the title, 'Sleeping Policemans Bed'. That's the kind of street this is.

Shortly after these photos were taken, the local madman, Room Rage Guy (see Living Room and Resident Squashing Permit) drove by in his beastly 4X4. He stopped his machine, got out, and threw the bed off the street onto the pavement, right in front of a bunch of kids and moms who had helped set it up.

After shouting 'you fucking bastard' at me several times in front of children, and going red in the face, Room Rage Guy then phoned the police on his mobile phone. Meanwhile, I reassembled the bed. It was rather amusing listening to his side of the conversation, complaining to police that there was a bed on the side of the road and that they ought to come and do something about it.

As they did in Living Room, the Council was breathtakingly quick at responding to Room-Rage Guy's complaints and had the bed removed within a day or two.

I rather regret not having photos of Room-Rage Guy losing his temper over a bed. This makes for the first documented case in Britain of 'bed rage'.

BED AND CHAMBER POT

PAWDEN BALL STRIKES A POSE

THE SUN SETS ON THE BED