Gold has occupied a unique social status for millennia. It has a long history as a valuable metal and its history is far from over. From the ancient Egyptians to the modern U.S. Treasury, there are few metals that have had such an influential role in human history as gold.
Now, not only in jewellery, but you name any product, and that can have gold version too.
The news that is making headlines is a solid-gold toilet. Yes, you heard it right! The fully functional toilet made in 18 karat gold is set to be installed in one of the UK’s grandest country houses – the Blenheim Palace, home of the Duke of Marlborough. It’ll be as part of an exhibition this autumn by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan – his first solo show in Britain in 20 years.
The gold toilet will be plumbed into a bathroom at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, near the room in which Winston Churchill was born. Visitors will be able to admire and use the toilet, an experience that will be new even to the Marlborough family who have enjoyed lives of luxury at Blenheim for more than 300 years.
“Despite being born with a silver spoon in my mouth I have never had a s.h.i.t on a golden toilet, so I look forward to it,” said Edward Spencer-Churchill, the current Duke of Marlborough’s half-brother and founder of the Blenheim Art Foundation. “It will be an installed, working, usable toilet.”
No doubt there will be enhanced security, but there is no clarity as yet whether the visitors will have a queuing system or booked slots to experience the displayed gold toilet.
This is not for the first time a gold toilet will be up for exhibition. The artwork was installed earlier in 2016 in the Guggenheim in New York where people queued up for about two hours before actually taking its trial. As a matter of fact, it was reported that the turn-around of people was about 100,000. All wanting eagerly to try the gold toilet. In fact the cleaners had to sanitise the toilet every 15 minutes,
A year after in 2017 , the golden bowl got yet another moment in the sun.
President Donald Trump’s White House emailed the Guggenheim and asked to borrow Vincent Van Gogh’s 1888 painting “Landscape with Snow,” but the curator of the famed institution had a counteroffer: the gold toilet.
Now Cattelan comes to Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, southern England, where the exhibition will run from September 12 to October 27 2019. Don’t miss a chance to witness the ultra-luxury!