Site-Specific Art: Solid gold toilet you can actually poop in
This site-specific art, designed by Maurizio Cattelan, named ‘America’ is a functioning toilet cast in 18-karat solid gold.
Site-specific gold toilet
If you dream of taking a dump on the solid gold art, you have to pay an admittance fee of 15 dollars at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
The toilet is actually located in one of the restrooms at the museum, with a security guard stationed outside.
Measures are taken to keep the artwork cum toilet clean and sparkling; it is required to be wiped clean after each user.
Maurizio Cattelan’s toilet, ‘America’ pays homage to a similar piece of art, Marcel Duchamp’s famous urinal named ‘Fountain’.
Gold toilet seat
It is also an allusion to Piero Manzoni’s 1961 spectacle named ‘Artist’s Shit’. The artist measured and sold some of his own faeces for the price of its gold equivalent.
While you might wonder how business a gold toilet in a museum restroom qualifies as art, that seems to be the very purpose of this piece of contemporary art.
Having a gold plated toilet to do your business in is an extravagant luxury available to very few people, and the artist has made it accessible to everyone else.
The beauty of this toilet is that, if you don’t like it, you can always shit on it- literally.
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