[SWEDEN] Egg-shaped Golden Sauna for the People of Kiruna

[SWEDEN] Egg-shaped Golden Sauna for the People of Kiruna

12.05.2017

A Swedish artist duo has built a very special sauna: an egg-shaped golden one, 145 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle in Swedish Lapland.

What is that doing there? Let's find out!

All for the people of Kiruna

Kiruna is a town situated in the north of Swedish Lapland. Recently, the town has had to be relocated several kilometers eastwards due to the damage iron mining had caused for decades. The relocation will also allow for mining to continue for over 20 years.

The response of the Swedish artist duo Bigert & Bergström to the event has been to build an egg-shaped golden sauna for the people of Kiruna.

A meeting place for residents

The sauna was designed as a commemorative social sculpture for the town because its residents expressed their fear of losing their community spirit after the relocation. The artists then came up with this five-metre-high by four-metre-wide golden sauna as a meeting place for Kiruna's residents.

"Saunas are sacrosanct places where you can discuss all manner of things – from the big to the small," said Bigert.

What is the sauna like?

The egg-shaped sauna is formed by 69 pieces of gold-plated stainless-steel sheets that are intended to reflect the climate in the golden surface.

The inside has room for up to eight people and contains a handmade wood-fired burner which is encased in an anatomical heart-shaped cage made of iron.

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