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NYC Museum Invites Visitors to Use 18-Karat Gold Toilet

Visitors are invited to use the solid gold toilet just as they would any other facility

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    Visitors of the Guggenheim are getting a golden opportunity to make full use of one exhibit. Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan replaced a toilet in a fourth-floor restroom with an 18-karat gold throne called "America." The museum says the exhibit evokes the American dream of opportunity. For New Yorkers, it's the opportunity to use the restroom in toilet-starved Manhattan. (Published Friday, Sept. 16, 2016)

    A New York City museum is offering visitors a chance to sit on a golden throne, but only in private.

    As part of his "America" exhibit at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan replaced the toilet in the museum's fourth-floor restroom with a fully functional replica cast in 18-karat gold.

    Viewers are invited to use the solid gold toilet just as they would any other facility.

    It's the first piece Cattelan has exhibited since his 2011 retrospective at the Guggenheim. It opens on Friday.

    Mark Schiefelbein/AP

    The museum says on its website that the exhibit "offers a wink to the excesses of the art market but also evokes the American dream of opportunity for all."