American Dream Nicked

golden toilet

The golden toilet made by the Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. Credit Tom Lindboe, via Blenheim Art Foundation.

Someone recently stole a solid gold toilet from an exhibit at Blenheim Palace, the family home of Winston Churchill. Its Italian creator named it “America.” The toilet was functional. Its theft “caused significant damage and flooding.”

Dominic Hare, the chief executive of Blenheim Palace, said he hoped the art piece would be recovered… “It is deeply ironic that a work of art portraying the American dream and the idea of an elite object made available to all should be almost instantly snatched away and hidden from view,” he said.
(Kaly Soto, “Going, Golden, Gone: 18-Carat Toilet Is Stolen,” NYTimes, 9-14-19)

Really? The American dream is a golden crapper? If the elite object is recovered, I suggest it find a permanent home in the Churchill family “palace.” Dreams are for sharing.

(c) 2019 JMN

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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