We鈥檙e all for great DIY art projects and following inspiring artists on Instagram, but sometimes, creativity takes an unexpected turn that leaves us seriously scratching our heads.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Artist Maurizio Cattelan attends the 2011 Guggenheim International gala at the Guggenheim Museum on November 10, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

Take Maurizio Cattelan鈥檚 latest work, for example. The Italian artist may have announced his retirement five years ago, but unable to stay away from the beloved art world, he turned to NYC鈥檚 Guggenheim Museum to stage his comeback.

It鈥檚 not the famed museum鈥檚 galleries you鈥檒l find his latest piece in, though. Instead, you鈥檒l have to head straight for the small public bathroom near the top of the spiral staircase, where you鈥檒l be able to admire Maurizio鈥檚 18K gold commode. Yes, you read that right: an 18K gold toilet. And here鈥檚 the kicker: It鈥檚 totally functional and open for use!

Guggenheim Museum Gold Toilet

In a Facebook post unveiling the work, which is titled America and is an exact replica of the toilet that was there before it (ya know, minus the fact that鈥檚 it鈥檚 made of solid gold), the Guggenheim team pointed out that 鈥渋n a gallery environment where visitors are usually told, 鈥榙on鈥檛 touch,鈥 this is an extraordinary opportunity to spend time completely alone with a work of art.鈥 Well, erm, we suppose that鈥檚 true!

Meanwhile, over on their website, the Guggenheim elaborates on the meaning behind this, shall we say, one of a kind art installation. 鈥淐attelan鈥檚 toilet offers a wink to the excesses of the art market but also evokes the American dream of opportunity for all,鈥 they write. 鈥淚ts utility ultimately [reminds] us of the inescapable physical realities of our shared humanity.鈥 Again, we suppose that is true.

Guggenheim Gold Toilet

Promoting the grand opening of America (which will be displayed indefinitely) on Facebook, the Guggenheim is encouraging everyone to give it a try. Or, at the very least, to check it out. Maybe take a selfie, if you鈥檙e bold enough? And if you鈥檙e curious about the logistics of it all, rest assured that the toilet will be cleaned every 15 minutes with special products that ensure its longevity.

The cleaning team will 鈥渦se special wipes, like medical wipes, that don鈥檛 have any fragrance or color or oxidizers,鈥 explained senior conservator of objects Nathan Otterson to The New Yorker. Sounds like the team is ready to take really special care of this royal toilet, although, we must say we like artist Maurizio鈥檚 cheeky suggestion best: 鈥淭hey鈥檒l use Bulgari wipes and Chanel powder!鈥

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(h/t Hello Giggles, photos via Cindy Ord/Getty + Kris McKay/Guggenheim Museum)