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NYC Museum-Goers Wait 2 Hours to Squat on Gold Toilet

The exhibit opened in September



    (Published Friday, Sept. 16, 2016)

    Patrons at the Guggenheim are standing in line for up to two hours to use the bathroom at the Fifth Avenue museum, but they don't seem to mind the wait. 

    Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan replaced the toilet in the museum's fourth-floor restroom with a fully functional replica cast in 18-karat gold as part of his "America" exhibit, which opened in September. 

    According to Vulture, which first reported the long wait, the golden throne has become quiet the attraction. 

    The exhibit is currently on open-ended display. The toilet is the first piece Cattelan has exhibited since his 2011 retrospective at the Guggenheim. 

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    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."