18 August 2019 19:46
A million pound toilet has been installed at Winston Churchill's birthplace for visitors to use. The 18-carat gold throne is the creation of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan and has been installed at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire after a three year display in New York. Visitors will be able to spend a penny in the loo from September - provided they have £27 for a ticket and can finish in three minutes. (Image: Getty) The toilet has been placed opposite the room where Churchill was born, and visitors will be able to book their time-slot in advance. There will be 20 slots an hour for art, or lav, lovers to choose from, provided they buy a ticket for the palace, park and gardens.
When the lavatory first opened at New York's Guggenheim museum in 2016, it was so popular that people queued for hours to place their cheeks upon its glittering seat. Cattelan's toilet offers a wink to the excesses of the art market, and recalls Marcel Duchamp's famous work, 'Fountain', a 1917 sculpture of a urinal. Cattelan says his interactive exhibit is about "ultimately reminding us of the inescapable physical realities of our shared humanity".