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Museum invites visitors to use gold toilet

By T.K. Randall
September 16, 2016 · Comment icon 17 comments

A particularly bizarre and valuable museum exhibit has been made available to members of the public.
The brainchild of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, this solid gold lavatory is in full working order and can be found in the public restrooms of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

Incredibly, the artist is quite happy for anyone to walk in off the street and make full use of it.
"Cattelan intends visitors to use the toilet just as they would any other facility in the building," the museum wrote on its blog.

"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."

The estimated value of the golden lavatory is somewhere between $1.5 and $2.5 million.

Source: Huffington Post | Comments (17)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #8 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
Anyone remember Jim & Tammy Baker's PTL Club?† They had gold plumbing in the bathrooms.
Comment icon #9 Posted by BeastieRunner 6 years ago
A preview of what will be installed in the White House is Trump gets elected. †
Comment icon #10 Posted by MWoo7 6 years ago
Now that was good*lol*, even with the if omitted "A preview of what will be installed in the White House is Trump gets elected."
Comment icon #11 Posted by UFOwatcher 6 years ago
I just don't believe this thing is "solid gold" and life size and only worth 2.5 Million. That would be a heck of a lot of gold. I also don't believe any one would be allowed to er, use it. This sounds like a lot of marketing Crapola to me.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Redefining Success 6 years ago
Better be real gold, if you use it regularly it may turn your ding dong green! What's that door for to the left of it? The pic is taken through what I presume the cubicle door.†
Comment icon #13 Posted by Eldorado 6 years ago
That's the Green Room.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Parsec 6 years ago
Possibly if you'd know the artist you'd know that's for real.† It's basically XXI century's Duchamp's urinal.† I'd say that with this we closed a circle.† Now let's bring the good old figurative art on!† † By the way, †if you want a more scientific answer: †since the average weight for a toilet is between 30 and 50kg, †let's say that being gold it weights 60 kg, having a higher density (although this model doesn't have the water tank, †and this removes a lot of weight). Now, †today's gold price is, †rounded up, †43k/kg. So if you multiply 60x43,000=2,580,000 or we can say 2.5 million.†
Comment icon #15 Posted by MissJatti 6 years ago
Who and where.... is the Janitor?†
Comment icon #16 Posted by Parsec 6 years ago
Comment icon #17 Posted by Silver_Lyre 6 years ago
Must be cold in winter time...

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