Two new art suites of ice and snow are now being created in the year-round open ICEHOTEL, Sweden

On December 15, the seasonal part of ICEHOTEL in Swedish Lapland opened. Thousands of overnight guests and day visitors and around 50 weddings later it is time for the seasonal suites to return to its source in Torne River. The year-round part of ICEHOTEL is still standing, and right now, two art suites of ice and snow are being created.

It’s dripping from the roof in the seasonal part of ICEHOTEL. The 35 rooms, hand-chiseled from ice and snow and the 80-meter long Main Hall and Ceremony Hall is now melting back into its source.

– This winter weather has been something extra. Sub-zero degrees from October until Easter and then switched to mild temperatures both days and nights. The quick changes in weather have kick-started the melting process and ICEHOTEL #28 is now melting back into Torne River, says Arne Bergh who is Creative Director at ICEHOTEL and has been following the ice art transforming into water again.

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Sleep on ice year-round in newly designed art suites

For those who long after snow, ice and sub-zero degrees, the permanent part of ICEHOTEL remain and welcomes guests year-round. During the spring and summer, the mythical midnight sun glows over forests and watercourses in Jukkasjärvi in northern Sweden – while it cools the year-round part of ICEHOTEL, which runs on solar power.

The permanent part of ICEHOTEL is filled with art created from crystal-clear Arctic ice, a contrast towards the greenery outside. The hotel consists of an ice bar, an ice gallery and 20 ice suites, nine of them with private sauna and relax, all individually created and hand-made by artists from all over the world.

‘Follow the White Rabbit’ – Design by AnnaSofia Maag & Niklas Byman

Two new art suites are being created

On June 2, 2018, two new art suites will open in the permanent part, and visitors can peek inside and see the creative process in full swing. One of the suites is a Deluxe Suite with a private sauna and relax, and is created by Jens Thoms Ivarsson, previously Creative Director at ICEHOTEL. The suite is called ”Lost & Found” and the design in the suite will be accompanied by an especially composed song by ice sculptor and musician Petri ”Bette” Tuominen.

The other art suite is made by the sculptor and designer Javier Opazo from Chile. The suite, “Téckara”, a language from the northern part of Chile. The suite is named “Téckara” because of the nine pillars that shows the magnificent height from floor to ceiling.

‘Space Room’ – Design by Adrian Bois & Pablo Lopez

‘Queen of the North’ – Design by Emile Steele & Sebastian Dell’Uva

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Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website—— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: [email protected]