New York’s Guggenheim Museum is now home to an 18-karat gold toilet, but this isn’t a look-don’t-touch art exhibit: visitors are able to “make use of the fixture individually and privately”, according to the museum’s website!
The piece, created by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, is intended to highlight the wealth gap, offering the general public the chance to use “an extravagant luxury product seemingly intended for the 1 percent”.
Cast in 18-karat gold, the fully functioning toilet is located in one of the Guggenheim’s unisex restrooms meaning anyone with a ticket to the Guggenheim can visit, and make use of, the facilities whilst experiencing a piece of art at the same time.
Are you sitting down? Maurizio #Cattelan: “America” opens tomorrow, 9/15, in one of the museum’s public restrooms. pic.twitter.com/awS3I2xV3B
— Guggenheim Museum (@Guggenheim) September 15, 2016
Available to use from today (9/15), will you be heading to New York to use the solid gold toilet?!
The Guggenheim New York is open Sunday through Wednesday and Friday 10am – 5.45pm, and Saturday 10am – 7.45pm.