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Riksbyggen is commemorating the start of Kiruna’s urban transformation project by opening SOLAR EGG, a public sauna art installation by prizewinning artistic duo Bigert & Bergström, to the city and its inhabitants. Jean-Baptiste Béranger

Sweden's Solar Egg Sauna

May 18, 2017

Residents of Kiruna, the northernmost town in Sweden, routinely go to great lengths to stay warm. But their new golden sauna serves a higher purpose. In a change that has unsettled some locals, the town's city center is quite literally being moved two miles east--a relocation necessitated by the town's unstable foundation.

To ease the transition, a Swedish developer commissioned art duo Bigert & Bergstrom to build a community meeting spot where people could gather to discuss the changes. The result: Solar Egg, a golden egg-shaped sauna that aims to promote "thoughts of rebirth." Of course, inside it still functions like an actual sauna; a wood burner keeps the temperature between 167°F and 185°F.

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