The Guggenheim museum in New York City has a restroom that’s quite literally a “work of art.” Italian artist and sculptor Maurizio Cattelan has installed a toilet in the bathroom of the world-famous museum that’s solid gold. The 18-carat gold “throne” is fully functional and is officially called “America.” The Guggenheim website describes the masterpiece as “an extravagant luxury product seemingly intended for the 1 percent.”
Unfortunately if you’re planning to take a squat in style, you’re going to have to wait in line. Vulture reported that the average wait for the toilet was 2 hours, and from the social media buzz surrounding the attraction, most of that time seems to be spent taking toilet selfies rather than answering the call of nature.
Cattelan is something of a provocateur in the art world, his last exhibition that turned heads was a sculpture of Pope John Paul II being crushed by a meteor. A curator at the museum told NPR in September that “America” will require a little more upkeep than the other toilets, saying, “our sculpture conservator has done studies on the material and will be using a form of steam cleaning and special wipes.”