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This is cold and we don’t mean just the sensation of sitting on a gold toilet. Donald Trump asked the Guggenheim Museum to loan out a famous Van Gogh for he and Melania to enjoy in the White House residence. The Guggenheim refused, but made an intriguing counter offer of a used gold toilet instead. Washington Post:

Thee curator, Nancy Spector, said that another piece was available, one that was nothing like “Landscape With Snow,” the lovely 1888 Van Gogh rendering of a man in a black hat walking along a path in Arles, France, with his dog.

The curator’s alternative: an 18-karat, fully functioning, solid gold toilet — an interactive work titled “America” that critics have described as pointed satire aimed at the excess of wealth in this country.

Now here’s the catch. Donald Trump is a germaphobe and over 100,000 people have used this particular gold toilet. 

“WE’RE NO. 1! (And No. 2)” was the New York Post’s front page offering, the huge lettering over a photograph of the toilet. The tabloid’s coverage included a reporter’s first-person account (“I Rode the Guggenheim’s Golden Throne”) and a photograph of that reporter seated on the toilet (reading his own newspaper, naturally).

The museum posted a uniformed security guard outside the bathroom to monitor the “more than 100,000 people” who waited “patiently in line for the opportunity to commune with art and with nature,” Spector wrote in a Guggenheim blog post last year. Every 15 minutes or so, a crew would arrive with specially chosen wipes to clean the gold.

No word from the White House on whether they’re taking the toilet but twitter chimed in approvingly:

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