Due to technical problems during the installation, Solar Egg is unfortunately partly covered until further notice. /Artipelag, April 17th, 2019
Artist duo Bigert & Bergström’s famous artwork Solar Egg, which has toured the world and has visited Artipelag once before, during the artists’ Eye of the storm exhibition, has now been given a permanent home on the rocks beside the footbridge to the rooftop terrace.
Bigert & Bergströms Solar Egg (2017), which originally was created on behalf of Riksbyggen, has been produced in a version exclusively for Artipelag and gotten a permanent position here that unifies its sculptural qualities with the social dimension of the sauna as a meeting place. The artwork is part of Artipelag’s permanent collection, as well as a feature of our 2019 Sculpture in Nature outdoor exhibition.
Solar 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 interior is crafted of pine and aspen. In the centre of the egg, there is a fully functional wood-heated sauna stove, shaped like a human heart.
Beyond its physical aspects, Solar Egg also has a social dimension, as a place where people can meet to discuss how to manage all the challenges of climate change.
Solar Egg has previously won the prestigious Red Dot Award, as well as many others, including Swedish Arts and Business Awards and German Design Awards. But it is not just its design that has won awards – last autumn Time Out named Solar Egg as No.3 on its list of the 50 Best Things to Do in the World.
The egg has space for up to eight people inside and can be pre-booked for saunas every day that Artipelag is open. A bathrobe, bath slippers and towel are included in the price, and drinks with snacks can be ordered to either the sauna or the adjacent (soon to be completed) changing room. More info about this will be available shortly, but you can register your interest now by e-mailing email@example.com.