Enjoy a unique sauna experience – visit the SOLAR EGG in Kiruna
This spring, locals and visitors in Kiruna will be able to experience the warmth of the unique SOLAR EGG. On 21 April, the SOLAR EGG by internationally renowned artists Mats Bigert and Lars Bergström will be inaugurated as a new visitor attraction in Kiruna.
Riksbyggen is commemorating the start of Kiruna’s urban transformation project by donating SOLAR EGG, a sauna art installation by prize winning artistic duo Bigert & Bergström, to the city of Kiruna and its inhabitants. It draws inspiration from Kiruna’s Arctic climate, where light conditions change with the seasons, from 24-hour winter darkness to a round-the-clock midnight sun.
The egg shape seeks to symbolise rebirth and new opportunities at the start of Kiruna’s urban transformation, a project that involves the relocation of entire city districts in response to ground subsidence caused by decades of iron ore mining.
Members of the public can book the sauna online at www.riksbyggen.se/solaregg
Riksbyggen will provide changing facilities, towels and other services in cooperation with Camp Ripan.
A special international stop is planned at the end of the year – SOLAR EGG is to be installed temporarily at the Swedish Institute in Paris, Sweden’s one and only cultural centre abroad.
Standing five metres high and four metres wide, the SOLAR EGG has a shell of gold-plated stainless steel that reflects the city and the surrounding countryside. Consisting of 69 separate pieces, the installation can be taken down and moved to different locations. Inside, heat is provided by a heart-shaped wood-fired burner.
“Saunas are places that fascinate. When Riksbyggen asked us to interpret Kiruna, we felt it was natural to explore a space that unites and encourages conversation,” say artists Mats Bigert and Lars Bergström. “Saunas are sacrosanct places where you can discuss all manner of things – from the big to the small.”
About Bigert & Bergström
Bigert & Bergström have a longstanding fascination with humanity’s relationship to climate, nature, energy and technology. After gaining international prominence with their climate chamber designed for World Expo in Lisbon in 1998, they have worked across multiple artistic formats – from sculpture and film to performance. In 2015, Bigert & Bergström covered the peak of Sweden’s highest mountain, Kebnekaise, with an insulating coat to examine whether geoengineering could help slow glacial melting. They are currently enjoying considerable exposure in China, where their solo show The Weather War is on show at Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum during March-April 2017. The exhibition explores human attempts to control the planet’s weather and temperature.