From March 6 to April 28, 2019, a five-meter-tall golden egg that is also a functional sauna will take residence in ASI’s outdoor courtyard. The piece, entitled Solar Egg by Bigert & Bergström for Riksbyggen, was created by the Swedish art duo Bigert & Bergström, two of Sweden’s most notable international climate-inspired artists. The installation reflects its surroundings and also acts as a chamber for the exchange of ideas.
Related Events & Programming
- Solar Egg Sauna Sessions
- Saturday, April 20 – Outdoor Golden Egg Hunt
- Still a few tickets available!
- Friday, April 26 – Valborg at ASI
- Last weekend to enjoy the Solar Egg and take a sauna!
Solar Egg is made of wood and covered in a stainless golden mirror surface whose many facets reflect its surroundings. In the centre of the egg is a wood-fired, heart-shaped sauna stove made of iron and stone. The temperature inside the sculpture is between 75° and 85°C. Visitors can book sauna appointments on Wednesday evenings and on weekend afternoons during the exhibition period. See below for more information.
Mats Bigert and Lars Bergström created the egg for the Swedish housing developer Riksbyggen to stand as a symbol of new beginnings in Kiruna, a town currently undergoing a physical move to make way for an iron ore mine.
In Kiruna, the landscape, mine, town, sky, sun and snow combine into a fragmented image that evokes association of the complexities spanned by the discussion about climate and sustainable community development.
To view the inside of the sauna, please book a sauna reservation. The inside of the sauna is not open to the public outside.
Check out some of the great press coverage for more!
- Star Tribune - Giant golden egg-shaped sauna lands in Minneapolis to spark sweaty conversation
- Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine -Reflect Inside the Solar Egg - Can a sauna provoke conversation around climate change? Put down your smartphone and come inside the Solar Egg at the American Swedish Institute.
Admission info for non-members.