Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Wellness Skull & Sensory Deprivation Skull

The Wellness Skull & The Sensory Deprivation Skull are the creations of Dutch artist Joep van Lieshout.

Currently situated near a busy Vienna intersection, the Wellness Skull is a 15 foot ball of relaxation. The head of the Skull contains a sauna and when it is in use, hot steam pours out of the eye sockets. On either side of the neck is a small bath and shower.

It officially goes on display as part of an effort by Public Art Vienna to revitalize and enhance urban space around the capital. Although the skull is fully functional, visitors will only be able to go inside every first Saturday of the month or by appointment through March 15, 2009.

The Sensory Deprivation Skull is the most awesome thing I've seen where you can sit and cut yourself off from the rest of the world. When this was created in 2007, they were only available in a limited edition of 10, so I'm going to assume that they were totally snatched up in a matter of moments.

I realize that these are not pieces that are readily available but they really should be. Wouldn't you want one of those skull chairs? You know my neighbors would love a giant skull with steam pouring from the eye sockets in my backyard. I know I would.