Guggenheim New York opens solid gold toilet for public
Visitors of the Guggenheim museum in New York city from Thursday, their need to draw on a 18-carat toilet bowl.
The golden pot, titled ‘America’, is a work of art of the Italian Maurizio Cattelan. His goal was to create “an extravagant luxury product, which seems to be for only the rich and famous, to make available to the public,” according to the Guggenheim.
“The toilet is a nod to the excesses in the art world,” according to the museum of modern art. “But also refers to the American dream of equal opportunities for all.”
The artwork is not in an exhibition space, but is really intended for use. “An unprecedented experience of intimacy with a work of art,” says Guggenheim.
The toilet bowl is the first work of Cattelan in five years. The artist went in 2011, ‘retired’ because he is the art world was. He alluded there earlier this year that his new work of art, an indictment of econonische inequality.