What is it? you ask? A medieval torture device? A delousing station? A post apocalyptic radiation shower?
Nope, it's a nine-head standing shower in a single-family residence right here in Evanston, Illinois, my home town.
Now, in fairness, it does seem as though it would require a master's degree in hydro-therapy just to get it to work... and I won't argue with you.
It might require the manipulation of many knobs and levers, for many minutes before being able to step into the welcoming steamy therapeutic waters.
It has the appearance of the type of shower that should be on display at the Smithsonian, or the Kohler museum of water works.
In fact I'd be a little anxious to step into this shower for the very first time. That's a heck of a lot of water coming at you at once, no?