Colon Cafe Offers Drinkers Art With Guts

Dutch artist Joep van Lieshout created the anatomically correct Colon Cafe and he's bringing it to your town - plan your vacations accordingly. For those who don't mind seeing what's inside suddenly take a turn outside and who also enjoy the odd gin & tonic with their high colonic, you've come to the right place.

Atelier van Lieshout, or AVL for short, brought the Colon Cafe into the world in the fall of 2005 when it was featured at the Yokohama Triennale art show and exhibition. It takes a certain level of bravery to show one's internal plumbing in public but that's just what Joep van Lieshout has done, in a number of major cities across the world. Most recently it was displayed in Vienna, Austria.

Crafted of fiberglass and painted to match the true hues of the actual human digestive system, the Colon Cafe stretches 16 meters (about 52.5 feet) long and is 4 meters (13 feet) in diameter at its greatest width.

We mentioned that the construct was anatomically correct... well, in a broad sense. Though it includes a tongue, esophagus, stomach and small intestine, those aspects are small and roughly to scale.

The plastic fantastic GI tract balloons out once the large bowel is reached, providing cozy seating areas within for bar patrons and service areas for bartenders. Somewhat surprisingly, considering it's a functioning bar, there is no liver.

Chairs and tables are set up outside the Colon Cafe but on the inside, customers lounge on what appear to be soft beanbag chairs and overstuffed pillows - both displaying warm shades of brown. Nice. The intestinal walls are tinted a mild fleshtone pink. Oddly, it's not mentioned if the bar has a restroom - maybe that would be redundant. (via Gigazine)