This solid gold toilet is in a public restroom, in a new exhibit called America at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. It’s the first work of art exhibited by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan since his retrospective hung all of his work like a mobile from the ceiling.
The Guggenheim said,
“Cattelan intends visitors to use the toilet just as they would any other facility in the building.
In a gallery environment where visitors are constantly being told, ‘don’t touch,’ this is an extraordinary opportunity to spend time completely alone with a work of art by a leading contemporary artist.”
It’s located behind a nondescript bathroom door The value of the work was not given, but Gothamist crunched the numbers did the math and found that if it weighs as much as a typical commode, it would be between 70 and 120 pounds ― or worth between $1,474,592 and $2,527,872, given the current value of gold. Cattelan told the museum,
“You should call it ‘Guggen-head’.“
Whatever, just don’t forget to flush.
(T/Y Tad; via Huffington Post)