The Asylum Project Part VIII - The Empty Chair by Erik Brede

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Lier Psychiatric Hospital in Norway has a long history as an institution. The massive buildings house the memory of a grim chapter in Norwegian psychiatric history the authorities would rather forget. There is little available information about the former activities at Lier Hospital, but it is documented experiments that were carried out on this Norwegian mental hospital in the postwar period from 1945 to 1975. It’s about the use of LSD, electroshock, brain research funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and drug research sponsored by major pharmaceutical companies. It is perhaps not surprising that they try to forget this place and the events taking place here.

Lier Psyciatric Hospital was built in 1926 and had room for nearly 700 patients at the most. In 1986, many of the buildings were closed and abandoned and they still stand empty to this day. Some of the buildings are still in operation today for psychiatric patients.

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  • Damian Morphou
    Damian Morphouover 2 years ago

    this is cool, nice work!

  • Thank you Damian :-)

    – Erik Brede

  • normanorly
    normanorlyover 2 years ago


  • Thanks :-)

    – Erik Brede

  • Dianne English
    Dianne Englishover 2 years ago

    Moody and evocative, a statement of mystery??

  • Thank you Dianne :-)

    – Erik Brede

  • torjoh
    torjohover 2 years ago

    Great work!

  • Thanks Torfinn :-)

    – Erik Brede

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandover 2 years ago

    Very atmospheric Erik…bit spooky too.

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  • Thanks dgscotland :-)

    – Erik Brede

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonover 2 years ago

  • michael scott
    michael scottover 2 years ago

    outstanding work….looks like a great place to spend an afternoon!

  • Thank you Michael :-)

    – Erik Brede

  • Debra Fedchin
    Debra Fedchinabout 2 years ago

    Great Work!

  • Thank you so much Debra :-)

    – Erik Brede

  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangertabout 2 years ago

    Creepy, I like this sort of image, places like this fascinate me.

  • newbeltane
    newbeltanealmost 2 years ago

    Nice image that sums up the sad state of the institution.

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