The Sensory Deprivation Skull & The Wellness Skull

The Sensory Deprivation Skull is a chamber of sorts in which you can sit and essentially cut yourself off from the world. Created in 2007 by Joep van Lieshout of Atelier Van Lieshout, it's comprised of reinforced fiberglass, measures 150 cm tall by 110 cm long and 137 cm wide and is available in a limited edition of 10.

Joep van Lieshout seems to have a thing for skulls; he also created the Wellness Skull in which a sauna is housed and several other sculptures based upon the human skull.

The Wellness Skull is an impressive large skull. Just like Wellness centers it has a few places to relax. In the neck of the skull is a small bath. The head of the Skull contains a sauna. When it is working the hot steam pears out of the eye sockets.

Joep van Lieshout about the Wellness Skull: “The heavenly power is the big unknown, the death of the hereafter, the skull of physical shell of the mind. The earthly power is a economical power, money plays an important role on our contemporary society. Gradually the faith loses all importance and is replaced by an alternative ‘self experience’, through travelling, sporting and wellness centres.

Joep van Lieshout was born in Ravenstein (The Netherlands, 1963). He lives and works in Rotterdam since 1987. Photo and copyright: Merlijn Doomerink

Atelier van Lieshout (AVL) was founded in 1995 by Joep van Lieshout. The name Atelier Van Lieshout emphasises the fact that the works of art do not stem solely from the creative brain of Joep van Lieshout, but are produced by a creative team.

Atelier Van Lieshout
Keilestraat 43e
The Netherlands
T: +31(0)10 244 09 71
F: +31(0)10 244 09 72
Harbournummer 291


erin@designcrisis said...

Awesome write up!

popote said...

creepiest and COOLEST chair I've ever seen!

Beau Mac said...

I MUST HAVE THIS! Please tell me how to purchase

Laura Sweet said...

beau mac,
If they have any still available, the London gallery that carries the piece can be contacted via the following numbers:

Mayfair /
3 Albemarle Street
London W1S 4HE
t +44 (0)20 3051 5939
f +44 (0)20 3051 5933
Chelsea /
2 Michael Road
SW6 2AD London
t +44 (0)20 3051 5939
f +44 (0)20 3051 5933

pegasys said...

I was going to write a similar blog concerning this topic, you beat me to it. You did a nice job! Thanks and well add your rss to come categories on our blogs. Thanks so much, Jon B.
Motion Graphic Design


Adds a new meaning to "getting ionside someones head" lol

C'mon people, it's only a dollar.