Wednesday, November 19, 2008


You know the drill: Spend some time pumping iron in the gym, have a quick swim in the pool, jump into the giant skull-shaped sauna...

An oversize skull with a built-in sauna is turning heads in the Austrian capital.
The white walk-in structure - situated near a busy Vienna intersection - is known as the "Wellness Skull" and also boasts a bathtub and shower. On either side of the neck, that is.

The eye-catching installation, which stands about 4.5 meters tall (about 15 feet) and is made of wood and synthetic material, is the brainchild of Dutch artist Joep van Lieshout. Tourists and locals alike appeared astounded by the skull, part of an effort by Public Art Vienna to revitalise and enhance urban space around the capital.

"It's the most random thing I've seen in Vienna," said 27-year-old Nick Abrahams from London. "It's really strange," echoed Nick Trute, 29, from Sydney, Australia.
Although the skull was built to be fully functional, visitors won't be able to try it out or witness steam emanating from its eye sockets - something that only happens when the sauna, which fits eight people, is in use.

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