Now You Can Poop In A Solid Gold Toilet, And Each Dump Makes A Statement.
When you visit a museum, it is often to enjoy the artwork from a distance. Very rarely do visitors get the opportunity to touch and interact with the work they are studying. Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan has an uncommon installation at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City.
Cattelan’s piece is a full functional 18-karat gold toilet. The sanitary fixture is a replica of the one that was installed there before it was replaced with the opulent model entitled, “America.” The artist got his inspiration from a signed urinal made by the late French artist Marcel Duchamp in 1917.
The toilet may seem like a cheeky, funny structure but Cattelan made it with a strong message behind it. “Whatever you eat, a two-hundred-dollar lunch or a two-dollar hot dog, the results are the same, toilet-wise,” explains Cattelan.
The Guggenheim Museum carries more than 1700 artworks made by artists from over all over the world.
Cattelan retired from his craft five years ago. His structure "America" is his newest piece since he came out of retirement.
"America" is located in a public restroom on the fifth floor of the museum.
Cattelan says this piece is for the "one-percent art for the ninety-nine percent.”
The cleaning staff will not be using regular cleaning supplies to keep the toilet sparkling clean.
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Here's what some New Yorkers had to say about "America."
Next, 25 urinals you have to pee to believe.
Source: The New Yorker