Maurizio Cattelan has impressed the world’s art and design lovers with his unique solid gold toilet design, also known as America. Made of 18-carat gold, this expensive toilet which is also a unique contemporary art piece by the Italian legend has passed through the famous Guggenheim museum in New York City and in Winston Churchill’s home in Oxfordshire. Discover more about this iconic design here!
Maurizio Cattelan became front-page news when his expensive toilet sculpture called America was installed at the Guggenheim museum in New York in 2016, two months before Donald Trump won the US presidential election. Besides being a unique piece of contemporary art, this expensive toilet design made of 18-carat gold is functional as it is shiny!
When questioned about the inspiration for this unique artwork by the Guardian journal, Maurizio Cattelan has explained that at the first moment that he idealized the sculpture ” he laughed at the idea, spoke with some friends, and joked about it with them. Then I realized it might be interesting to combine the rarest material with the most common site.”
For this unique master artwork, Maurizio Cattelan wanted to combine to different worlds into one, like a daily routine place that everybody has access to with a bespoke material, like pure solid gold that is the religious material par excellence, plus the very essence of capitalist culture. For the Italian artist, this expensive artwork holds out the promise of a quintessential American dream – access to opportunity and development for all – while making visible what is not attainable for most: gold.
America by Maurizio Cattelan offers the possibility of being one-to-one with the newest cult object. It’s about having a spiritual moment of pure, lonely contemplation in the least obvious area of a sacred spot, a museum. The world’s most expensive design has now been installed into Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, near the room where Winston Churchill was born.
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