Reflect: Bigert & Bergström is a new, limited-time American Swedish Institute experiential exhibition showcasing Solar Egg by Bigert & Bergström for Riksbyggen, which is both a social sculpture and a working sauna. Installed in the ASI outdoor Courtyard March 6 – April 28, 2019, this five-meter-tall, golden-colored, mirrored egg structure with a wood-fired sauna inside reflects its surroundings and acts as chamber for conversation.
The Solar Egg was created by the Swedish artist duo of Mats Bigert and Lars Bergström, who will visit the ASI on March 6–7 for the Egg’s opening weekend to help fire up the sauna and screen two of their climate-based films. Meet the artists and take a sauna on Wednesday, March 6, 6 – 8 p.m. during Eggstravaganza — Solar Egg Opening Night.
Bigert and Bergström are two of Sweden’s most notable international climate-focused artists. They constructed Solar Egg for the Swedish housing developer Riksbyggen as a symbol of new beginnings in the northern Swedish town of Kiruna, now undergoing a gigantic move to make way for an iron ore mine which drives the region’s economy.
On Thursday, March 7, the artists will also host a special film screening and Q & A for their works Rescue Blanket for Kebnekaise and The Climate Experiment. ASI visitors can also sign up in advance to take Solar Egg sauna sessions on Wednesday evenings and weekends from March 6 through Sunday, April 28. The sauna, which holds a key position in Nordic countries as a space for warmth and reflection, is heated by a heart-shaped iron and stone stove. A limited number of 30-minute sauna time slots will be available on Wednesdays from 5–7:30 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays, noon – 4:30 p.m. Saunas cost $30 a session per person for ASI members and $35 for non-members, including ASI museum admission. Bring your own towels and swimsuits (required). Reservations will be available online through ASImn.org and managed by 612 Sauna Society.