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 an economical power, money plays an important role in our contemporary society. Gradually the faith loses all importance and is replaced by an alternative ‘self-experience’, through travelling, sporting and wellness centres.”
Location: Rabobank, Heinenoord (NL)
Victory Light Pole
Victory was made for a new business park in Nieuw Vennep. An office worker’s utopia, the business park has an idyllic garden with a duck pond and bronze sculptures where employees can linger during lunch hour to be happier and more productive in the afternoon. AVL’s sculpture shows a herd of managers, trying to get to the top of a lamp-post.
Collection city of Nieuw Vennep
Skull on Stand
Big Funnel Man
Big Funnel Man is 10 m long and rests alongside the A27 highway near Breda, where there are always traffic jams at rush hour. People sitting in their cars, going to and from work every weekday, might feel just like the force-fed man.
Collection city of Breda
A meeting point for elderly people: beautiful, cruel and sensual, with a nice interior space. Both art and architecture, BikiniBar represents a building as a sculpture and a sculpture as a building. There is a place to rest inside, where people can withdraw from the busy beach life or bad weather. BikiniBar is the only female body you can enter without permission.
The Heads, Claudia & Hermann
This sculpture group has three heads, which are hollow and can be used in different ways. The male head Hermann is a typical blue eyed blond, the female Claudia has dark hair and brown eyes. Tom, the third head, is a dark-faced man, standing straight on his neck. The three of them together reflect on the diversity of humanity in a very special way. Keep an open mind, whatever its size.
BarRectum, Arsch Bar, Asshole Bar, Bar Anus. While the translations sound different, the form is universally recognizable. The bar takes its shape from the human digestive system: starting with the tongue, continuing to the stomach, moving through the small and the large intestines and exiting through the anus. While BarRectum is anatomically correct, the last part of the large intestine has been inflated to a humongous size to hold as many drinking customers at the bar as possible. The anus itself is part of a large door that doubles as an emergency exit.
The Autocomposter and Watertower, The Technocrat
Location: Rabobank, Uithoorn (NL)
Mix and match: the longer side of Floating Sculpture is based on the old-fashioned architecture of a Zaans huisje (houses that are build in the Zaanstreek in the northern part of Holland). The attached blue bulb with windows (transparent eyes) has a large round bed inside.
Collection city of Amsterdam
Collection City of Knokke
Autocrat is a survival car for living in remote places – far away from civilized society without being deprived of its comforts. There’s a large kitchen and a sleeping area on the inside and another kitchen outside for heavier culinary work, like slaughtering animals. The car was designed and manufactured with the utmost autocracy in mind. Every effort was made to use homemade items and to avoid ready-made products. The hardware, water taps, the locks and the stove were all made from scratch. Autocrat plays a key role in AVL’s evolution, since the vehicle gave rise to the slaughter project. For this project, pigs were slaughtered on a farm according to traditional methods. All the parts were immediately used or preserved by drying, salting, smoking, pickling and other methods. The guide book A Manual (1997) shows more about the slaughter process, specifically how to kill a pig at home.
The director of the Centraal Museum wanted a small extension in which to work, sleep and relax. AVL’s solution was to devise a piece that is mounted with large bolts onto the museum’s outside wall. Since AVL tends to build without detailed drawings, the works evolve inside the studio and often change in unforeseeable ways during the construction process. In this case, AVL began with the three basic elements of the extension – a table, a bench and a bed – and then started building the space around them. The final piece on the outside of the museum was not designed; its appearance is the result of the coincidental form of the space needed inside the structure. In collaboration with Klaar van der Lippe Collection Centraal Museum, Utrecht