The first snow has fallen in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, and the planning and construction of this year’s winter ice hotel are in full swing. Out of a total of 135 applicants from 23 different countries, 24 artists from 15 countries have now been selected to create Icehotel 33.
During the spring when Icehotel 32 melted and reunited with Torne River, the hotel with its Creative Director, Luca Roncoroni, selected the 24 artists who will create the art in this year’s winter hotel.
At the end of November, the artists will gather at Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi. Together with the production and construction crew, they will build a 2,890 m2 seasonal hotel consisting of 12 art suites, 24 ice rooms, and 1 ceremonial hall.
Luca Roncoroni, Creative Director, says: “Icehotel 33 will be amazing for many reasons! Not only because artists from all over the world will create unique experiences in ice and snow, but also because we were finally able to hold an open international competition again. It has been a challenge to pick only 12 concepts out of so many great ideas, and we want to give a big thank you to every single artist who sent a submission. We are eager to welcome the artists in Jukkasjärvi at the end of November. Icehotel 33 will truly be a unique experience.”
This year one of the artists originates from the UK, Robert Harding. Robert has together with Timsam Harding of Spain, designed the art suite Enclosed Space. Robert Harding lived in many African countries before moving to Spain in 1978. Using a multitude of materials, he has participated in art symposiums, and solo and collective exhibitions around the world. His work can be found in international collections and public spaces.
ABOUT ICE HOTEL 33
• Total area of approx. 2,890 m2
• 12 Art Suites with unique art and design
• 24 Ice Rooms designed by Icehotel
• The Ceremony Hall is 100 m2 and has approx. 40 seating places
• The main hall has 40 ice columns
• The iconic ice chandelier is made of 200 handmade crystals
On the 16th of December Icehotel 33 will open its doors and the art will be displayed to the world for the very first time.