Gold toilet

A fully functioning solid gold toilet, made by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, is going into public use at the Guggenheim Museum in New York on September 15, 2016.

Here's a story I bet most Alabamians missed, including me: An 18-karat, solid-gold toilet at the Guggenheim Museum could have ended up in Donald Trump's White House.

And, yes, the toilet works.

But no, the toilet isn't in the White House. (Thank goodness. Imagine the jokes.) Still, it's a funny story nonetheless that The Washington Post told today about the White House's request for Guggenheim art by Vincent Van Gogh and how the toilet nearly made it to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

From The Post:

"The emailed response from the Guggenheim’s chief curator to the White House was polite but firm: The museum could not accommodate a request to 'borrow' a painting by Vincent Van Gogh for President and Melania Trump’s private living quarters. Instead, wrote the curator, Nancy Spector, 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."

This is real, apparently, which begs the question: If you could borrow an 18-karat gold toilet, where would you put it? Would it be art or part of your master bathroom?

-- Phillip Tutor