It's alive! Artists build scary suite at Ice Hotel

Its alive
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Last year Christian Strömqvist and Karl-Johan Ekeroth of PINPIN Studios designed a room with a Star Trek theme for the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi," a small village in Northern Sweden with 1,100 residents and 1,000 dogs." This year, they do the monster mashup as they design what they call...

....a Frankenstein-esque art suite titled It’s Alive! They welcome you into the laboratory of a crazy scientist, complete with mysterious gadgets, huge tesla coils, a hatch in the ceiling and a bed where the monster can come alive....Just like Dr Frankenstein created life from dead materials with the help of lightning, PINPIN Studio uses playfulness and creativity to transform the water from Torne River into an interactive and unique design and art experience.

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It's not really an ice hotel, it's made of "snice":

It requires about 1,000 tonnes of frozen water and about 30,000 m3 of “snice” (snow and ice; ice particles from Torne River mixed with air. “Snice” resembles snow in that it is white and used for insulation, but structurally it is stronger and purer than just snow.)...The art of ICEHOTEL is created in sections and each artist spends their time here in intervals. During the last week before the hotel opening all 40 artists spend time in the hotel together. The place simply oozes with creativity as it still looks like a building site.

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Frankly am not certain I would want to spend the night in a room as cold as a tomb thinking about Frankenstein. However I do like the idea of hiring artists to design the suites, and there are lots of other choices at the Ice Hotel.

© Paulina Holmgren/ Artists at work

Tags: Sweden