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Huge Queues Expected for Palace's Golden Public Toilet

By Gary Cutlack on at

Attention criminally-minded plumbers: a fully golden toilet is about to arrive in the UK, where it'll be installed at Blenheim Palace. But in a thrilling twist to societal norms, this is for our dirty proletarian bottoms to touch, not just for passing for royalty to hover over as a servant neatly folds sheets of toilet paper.

Maurizio Cattelan's golden toilet art piece previously spent a year on display – and in use – at the Guggenheim in New York, hence the US-style plumbing and troubling lack of a visible cistern. There will be time limits in place to ensure people don't spend too long in there, sitting on it and feeling a bit like 1970s Elton John, with the Blenheim Art Foundation's Edward Spencer-Churchill saying: "We'd like people to enjoy their time in there without giving them too much time, if that makes sense."

The Guggenheim installation saw punters queue for around two hours in order to have a go on it, something you might like to bear in mind. Don't go saving it all up and pooing yourself in the line. The toilet will be plumbed in and ready for use at Benheim this autumn. [Guardian]