When we found out about a golden egg in the vast wilderness of Sweden, we were instantly intrigued. It turned out to be a sauna as well as a piece of art. Since first sharing the story over a year ago, the egg has traveled all over the world since hatching in its original home of Kiruna. After traveling across Sweden and then through Paris and Copenhagen, the Solar Egg has arrived on US soil with an experiential exhibition at the American Swedish Institute in downtown Minneapolis. Running from March 6 – April 28, Bigert & Bergström's prize-winning art piece and sauna Solar Egg for Riksbyggen will be available for guests to gather in as a "chamber for conversation."
Photography by Jean-Baptiste Béranger
The egg, a symbol of new beginnings, has already made a name for itself far beyond its Swedish home. “One aspect of our mission at the American Swedish Institute is to be a window through which visitors can learn more about Sweden – and especially the importance placed on environment and cultural arts. We’re very pleased to bring to Minneapolis this important work by Bigert & Bergström to highlight the intersection of art and science and to foster conversation on our rapidly changing climate and landscape", says Bruce Karstadt, President/CEO at the American Swedish Institute.
Maintained by the wood burners at a comfortable 176°F, visitors will be able to book their full sauna experience in the egg via the museum.