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Bigert & Bergström, Solar Egg, 2017 | Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Bigert & Bergström, Solar Egg, 2017 | Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger

You'll Never Believe What's Inside This Giant Egg in Sweden

Picture of Freire Barnes
Art & Design Editor
Updated: 16 August 2017

Created to commemorate the regeneration of Sweden’s iron ore city of Kiruna, Solar Egg by the Swedish artistic duo Bigert & Bergström is a unique art installation that doubles as a sauna.

As the urban transformation of Kiruna gets underway, locals and visitors will be able to partake in some typical Scandinavian relaxation inside the unusually-designed sauna.

Bigert & Bergström, Solar Egg, 2017 | Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger

Commissioned by the Swedish housing cooperative, Riksbyggen – who are undertaking the mammoth task of relocating entire districts due to ‘ground subsidence caused by decades of iron ore mining’ – the prizewinning duo took inspiration from Kiruna’s Artic climate for their very community-engaged artwork.

Bigert & Bergström, Solar Egg, 2017 | Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger

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,” said artists Mats Bigert and Lars Bergström. ‘Saunas are sacrosanct places where you can discuss all manner of things – from the big to the small.’

Bigert & Bergström, Interior of Solar Egg, 2017 | Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger

At five metres high, Solar Egg can accommodate up to eight people. While the gold-plated steel outer shell reflects the surrounding mountains and wilderness, the interior is heated by a heart-shaped wood-fired burner.

Bigert & Bergström, Solar Egg, 2017 | Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger

Intrigued by our relationship with nature, technology and energy, Bigert & Bergström have created a symbol of collaborative rebirth that uses the region’s changing light conditions for a practical yet unique purpose.

Bigert & Bergström, Interior of Solar Egg, 2017 | Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger

If you’re not planning a trip to Kiruna, you’ll be able to experience Solar Egg at the end of the year when it travels to the Swedish Institute in Paris.

Bigert & Bergström, Solar Egg, 2017 | Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger

Solar Egg is open Thursday to Saturday until May 20 and again from June 1 to June 17, 2017 at specific times. You can book your sauna slot here. The sauna is free, though towels and other services provided by Riksbyggen will incur a fee.

Missed this amazing artwork come sauna in Sweden? Then make sure you don’t miss the Ultimate Sauna Experience in Paris this Winter.