Radiant Plumbing and Air Conditioning, a leading plumbing and HVAC provider in Austin, Texas, has announced that a popular local tradition will come to an end on July 31 when the company removes its final window display from 2908 San Gabriel St.
The bold and daring window displays began when Radiant moved into the building in 2007. Brad Casebier, who co-owns the company with his wife, Sarah, grabbed the most convenient piece of equipment, which happened to be a toilet, and stuck it in the window as a way to attract attention to the location.
"I decided right then that there would always be a toilet in the window," Brad Casebier said. "The displays became increasingly elaborate, and we never repeated a display, so it was an ongoing challenge – but a fun one. We've loved our little effort to keep Austin weird."
The displays frequently reference current and classic pop culture trends and events. Movie and TV parodies have included "Harry Potty and the Deathly Bowels," "Game of Thrones," "The Clogging Dead," "The Flush," "Mary Poopins," and "Clogzilla."
Radiant was awarded Best Window Display (2014) and Best Toilet Tableau (2012) in The Austin Chronicle's annual Best of Austin survey.
The current "Star Wars"-inspired display, however, will be the last. Radiant has maintained a lease on the San Gabriel building that has allowed the displays to continue, but the company moved its operations to 901 Reinli St. in 2016. Radiant's San Gabriel lease expires on July 31.
"We're a little sad that the display is coming to an end," Sarah Casebier said. "It's been a great way to engage with the community and show a side of our personality that's different from other home service businesses. That's not going away. Our unconventional radio and TV spots will continue, and Radiant will always be a little different from other companies."