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Ice Hotel in Sweden Showcases its Design for this Year

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Artists from around the world have come to create the 23rd ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden. Organized by the ICEHOTEL art & design group, the only building material used is 1,000 tons of pure ice and 30,000 cubic meters of snow extrapolated from the frozen water of a river. In addition there was some support from thin metal frames that helped with some of the weight of the ice. While it is a place for guests to come, wine, dine and stay, it also serves as a large scale art exhibition.

Each suite was designed by an artist or group and has its own unique features. The ice is shaped in all sorts of ways with many different tools ranging from irons, chainsaws, hand chissels, and heating implements. Guests sleep in thermal sleeping bags on a bed made of ice blocks covered with reindeer hides. The hotel also features a large dining hall and an Ice Bar, where guests and the general public from 10am-6pm can enjoy a beverage in glasses made of ice. Check out more information on the ICEHOTEL here.

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Shawn Saleme

Shawn Saleme

Shawn Saleme is a contributing writer for Visual News. Born and raised in Silicon Valley, Shawn has developed an adventurous spirit that has taken him to over 55 countries. His degree in Cultural Anthropology shapes his perspective and thirst to socially experiment in a rapidly shifting planet. His work has been featured in the Seattle Times, The Globalist and the Daily Mail. Currently he is writing a book about the shared economy. Connect with him @shawnsaleme.

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