Dutch Artist Turns a Skull into a Sauna

November 18, 2008

Vienna, Austria (ChattahBox) — The “Wellness Skull” (left) was designed by the Dutch artist, Joep van Lieshout, at the Karlsplatz in Vienna. Tourists and locals appear astounded at the amazing work of art, which is actually a built-in sauna. It also boasts a bathtub and a shower in it. The enormous white structure is turning heads in the Austrian capital as it is situated at a busy Vienna intersection.

The eye-catching installation is a part of an effort by Public Art Vienna to revitalize and enhance the urban space surrounding the capitol. The Skull is a brainchild of the Dutch artist and is made of synthetic material and wood. It is one of a part of the series of such structures that he intends to build based on parts of the body.

“It’s really a piece that has many different interpretations,” van Lieshout said when asked about the skull’s deeper meaning. “Like a painter uses paint, I use design.” Tourists in Vienna find it interesting and are amazed at the work of art and its utility. “It’s the most random thing I’ve seen in Vienna,” said 27-year-old Nick Abrahams from London. Nick Trute, 29, from Sydney, Australia also echoed similar sentiments as the structure being truly strange.


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