Behold! You may need to sit down to hear this news; an 18-karat solid gold toilet is now open to visitors at New York’s Guggenheim museum. Named ‘America,’ it has replaced a public toilet on the fourth floor. This fully functioning golden throne fit for a king- or any member of the public- is a work of art by Maurizio Cattelan. This Italian artist is inviting members of the community to not only see but actually test out his creation. A shitty idea, some may call it, but Cattelan has been described as the art world’s resident prankster. He designed it to symbolise ‘100% art for the 99%,’ meaning for the majority who are not wealthy. Visitors can privately utilise the toilet- just another thing to tick off your bucket list.
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