Designers from Studio Bigert & Bergström have built a sculptural chamber in the shape of a golden-egg solar sauna, installed at Luossabacken in Kiruna, Sweden’s northernmost town.
The egg is made out of stainless golden mirror sheeting, its multifaceted form breaking up the surroundings that it reflects into a multiplicity of different mirror images. The egg’s interior has been formed out of wood, with the wall panels and floor decking made out of pine and the bench of aspen. In the center of the egg stands the wood-heated, heart-shaped sauna stove made out of iron and stone. The temperature inside the egg varies between 75° and 85° Celsius. Click the jump to read more about the golden-egg solar sauna.
Recently, Kiruna has been faced with environmental and landscape issues due to a local mining company displacing the town for access to more iron seam, that cuts diagonally downwards beneath the town. Solar Egg has been made as a social sculpture where local people and visitors to the town can meet and, for instance, discuss these challenges. B&B have taken up this tradition and developed a sculptural symbol that prompts thoughts of rebirth and an incubator that nurtures conversation and the exchange of ideas. The project is a continuation of the artists strategy to incorporate the climate into the experience of the artwork which was initiated with the Climate Chambers in 1994.