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This week, Oslo's coolest bar venue is the setting of quite an unexpected union. Ice artists from ICEHOTEL briefly leave "the office" in Jukkasjärvi in order to join forces with some of Norway's most prominent street artists. The result will be the new interior of the capital's coolest bar venue - ICEBAR BY ICEHOTEL Oslo.
The interior in this permanent ice bar is changed once every year, and this year's reincarnation will suitably be called "Freeze". The concept and the name is inspired by the qualities of ice as well as the classic break dance movement with the same name.
The names behind the design are Swedish artists Sofi Routsalainen and Mikael "Nille" Nilsson from ICEHOTEL Art & Design group, and Oslo-based street artists André Eriksen and Lars Undli. Light designer André Gulliksen has the illuminating task of lighting design. Gulliksen has previously made light installations for ICEHOTEL as well as for ICEBAR BY ICEHOTEL in Stockholm among other cities.
Artist Mikael "Nille" Nilsson, ICEHOTEL, says about the design concept: "We want to capture an urban moment of Oslo frozen in time - interpreted through the eyes of a street artist. Graffiti is an interesting concept to work with because of its untamed expressions, and often with plenty of political and humorous undertones. Combining it with the pure, natural features of Torne River ice transforms its look completely."
The new bar interior brings to mind a street artist's studio, with subway features, traffic indicators, escalators and tags. A central feature in the bar is a man-size spray can which is hollowed out so customers can get a photo of themselves inside the can.
The planning phase of the project has been managed between Oslo and Jukkasjärvi mostly via email and Skype meetings. The ice modules that are destined for the Norwegian capital will have been prepared as much as possible at the site of ICEHOTEL where there are facilities and equipment that are needed for some of the more large-scale tasks in the design. The final details will be finished on-site in Oslo as the brand new interior is mounted in the venue.
The new interior will be celebrated with a launch party on 25 April.
The image above is a graphic sketch of the new theme interior at ICEBAR BY ICEHOTEL Oslo.
ICEBAR BY ICEHOTEL Oslo was opened in 2009 and is the world's third permanent ice bar. ICEBAR BY ICEHOTEL Oslo measures 100 m2, and 60 tons of ice is used for creating the all-ice interior. The
venue is located at Kristian IV’s gate 12, open Monday - Saturday.
ICEHOTEL is an art project and the world’s first and largest hotel built entirely of ice and snow. Working only with the Torne River ice as material and original art features, the creations at ICEHOTEL are protected by Swedish copyright law and are the characteristics that make ICEHOTEL unique. The company develops sensuous, inspiring, and unique experiences in art, nature, accommodation and gastronomy.
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