18 September 2016

A solid gold toilet


And fully functional.
New York’s Guggenheim museum unveiled its latest installation on Friday – a solid gold toilet titled America.

The toilet, which the Guardian can confirm is fully functioning, is the work of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan...

Visitors to the museum are able to use the golden toilet in much the same way as they would use a normal toilet. It is located in a standard, pre-existing bathroom on the fourth floor of the museum, a small placard the only indication of its presence...

Nathan Otterson, senior conservator, objects at the Guggenheim, is responsible for maintaining the toilet. He said a cleaning crew will attend to the toilet every 15 minutes... “We would hope no one would try to remove part of the toilet,” Otterson said. 
Image cropped for size from the original (credit William Edwards/AFP/Getty Images).

6 comments:

  1. perfect for my golden poops!

    I-)

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  2. Er, if it were solid gold, only the Really Strong would be able to lift up the toiler lid. And if it were solid gold, the flooring underneath would need support, wouldn't it?

    Lurker111

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    1. the article says it is 18K.

      I-)

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    2. Density of gold = 19.3 g/cm3.

      Density of 18k yellow gold = approx. 15.5 g/cm3.

      If the total gold in the toilet is about 1/2 cu. foot, the mass would be about 440 kg, or weigh about 960 lbs.

      From various on-line sources.

      Lurker111

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    3. at today's prices, roughly $20+ million for the gold.

      I-)

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  3. Tempted to raise you Tamara Ecclestone's $1.5 million crystal bath; http://cdn.thisiswhyimbroke.com/images/quartz-bathtub.jpg
    cheers another phil

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