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Interactive heavy metal sound sauna installation by artist Owen Rundquist and Alexander DeMaria
Tuomiosauna
Wood, tile, stone, moss, radio, electronics, sound
75 x 116 x 86"
2010

Collaborative work with Alexander DeMaria

This piece was created for an exhibition in Turku, Finland. Using the Finnish sauna as a point of reference, we built a structure whose intended use was that of a cleansing ritual, but rather than utilizing heat and steam our sauna relied on sound. Like the active elements within a sauna, the sound is at first abrasive and uncomfortable, but over time becomes soothing and relaxing, ultimately cleansing. Some participants remarked that the experience was near psychedelic.

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Tuomiosauna