Watch the throne: Maurizio Cattelan installs gold toilet at NYC’s Guggenheim
A public restroom is about to get a serious upgrade. Italian artist and sculptor Maurizio Cattelan has come out of his five-year retirement to create his latest piece for the Guggenheim Museum in New York City called America, which is an operational toilet made out of solid gold. Beginning May 4, visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the unique artwork, as the toilet will be available for use in one of the famous museum’s bathrooms.
‘The new work makes available to the public an extravagant luxury product seemingly intended for the one percent,’ writes the Guggenheim. ‘Its participatory nature, in which viewers are invited to make use of the fixture individually and privately, allows for an experience of unprecedented intimacy with an artwork. Cattelan’s toilet offers a wink to the excesses of the art market, but also evokes the American dream of opportunity for all, its utility ultimately reminding us of the inescapable physical realities of our shared humanity.’
The new piece is reminiscent of Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain.
This article originally appeared on Travel + Leisure