Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England is best known for being the birthplace and home of the late British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Now, it will be known for a second thing: being the home of a solid gold toilet.
The toilet is set to be installed in a bathroom right near the room Churchill was born in. And the UNESCO World Heritage Site will be open to the public, giving them access to actually use the Golden Throne. “It will be an installed, working, usable toilet,” Edward Spencer-Churchill, a descendant of the late Winston Churchill, says.
The toilet was actually displayed in the Guggenheim in New York in 2016, which caused a flurry of visitors, all eager for their chance to sit on the Golden Throne and post it on social media.
Designed by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, it’s meant to serve as a commentary on excess wealth. Of his work he said, “whatever you eat, a two-hundred-dollar lunch or a two-hundred-dollar hot dog, the results are the same, toilet-wise.”
It’s not just gold-plated, but actually made out of solid gold. When operational, the toilet will be sanitized every fifteen minutes to ensure it keeps its golden sparkle. We still don’t know, though, whether the toilet paper will be inlaid with gold flakes or mother of pearl, or if it will be normal two-ply toilet tissue.
The golden toilet, titled “America” will be on display at the Blenheim Palace from September 12th to October 27th.
While most of us will never have a chance to sit on a toilet made of solid gold, it’s still an intriguing piece of plumbing equipment. And who knows, maybe it will make its way back to the United States again.