The Headquarters of SlaveCity is the central building in the city. The managers reside here and make their plans for a most efficient and profitable city. This is where the city is managed from and its intelligence is based.
The Mall, situated in SlaveCity’s public area is a giant biomorphic baroque shopping center. With 26 floors this humongous building is the world’s largest boundless consumer paradise, opened 24/7. The Mall houses countless shops that are irrationally chosen by Joep, consisting of numerous luxury good stores, with upstairs a recreational area including brothels, bars, night clubs, casinos, and a spa. Other floors house fashion stores, art galleries, design and furniture stores as well as convenience services. Downstairs you will find an arena for entertainment fights with supermarkets and quality organic food suppliers. Furthermore a health department with pharmacies and dental- and medical care as well as a hair- and beauty salon, a cosmetic surgery parlor. The Mall: the shopping city, just to kill time.
Location: Verbeke Foundation, Belgium.
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
It was in 2001 that Atelier Van Lieshout founded the free state of AVL-Ville. This now notorious venture was a year-long experiment in autonomous living – effectively a self-sufficient commune with its own flag, constitution and currency. Van Lieshout and his disciples designed and built everything in it, from the living units to the machine guns. Part art farm and part spectacular publicity stunt, the project was a pregnant piece of post-millennial escapism. “I think I am a romantic but on the other hand I am very well part of our society”, says Van Lieshout. “I’m no utopian.” AVL-Ville can be seen as idealistic attempts to shape an alternative environment. The project provided a form of art not just to look at, but to be lived in and with. After a successful and tumultuous year, AVL-Ville closed its doors.
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
Mobile Home for Kröller-Müller
Mobile Home for Kröller-Müller is also fondly known as The Master and Slave Unit. The Master Unit forms the central block; the Slave Units can be clicked or screwed into any one of the five modular holes in the Master Unit. Each Slave Unit has a specific function – bedroom, sanitary space, kitchen, office – and can be easily moved from one hole to another in the Master Unit. With no fixed layout, no foundation, nor final form, The Master and Slave Unit breaks all the rules of traditional architecture. The absence of an overall design makes any rule infinitely expendable and flexible. Collection Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo