Despite announcing his retirement from the art world in 2011, Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan is back with a brand new sculpture. An 18-karat gold toilet.
It will be installed just off one of the ramps of the Guggenheim Museum, in, well… a bathroom.
You could go into the restroom just to bask in its glow, Cattelan told the New York Times, but it becomes an artwork only when someone sits or stands over it, answering nature’s call.
Cattelan’s well known for his tongue-in-cheek works. When art collector Peter Brant commissioned Cattelan to create a sculpture of his wife, supermodel Stephanie Seymour, he took the term “trophy wife” very literally and produced a nude bust inspired by hunting trophies. And his 36-foot statue in front of Milan’s stock exchange gives onlookers the middle finger.
Neither Cattelan nor The Guggenheim would reveal the cost of the golden throne, but they said it was being paid for with private funds and would remain at the Guggenheim for the foreseeable future.
You’ll be able to see it – or use it – in early May. But it might just have the longest line for a bathroom you’ll ever see.