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several miles above the arctic circle threshold becomes home to around 300 artists from all over the world, organized by the ICEHOTEL art & design group, every winter while they create the year’s ephemeral ‘ICEHOTEL’ in jukkasjarvi, sweden. the only building material used is about 10,000 tons of pure ice and 30,000 tons of snow harvested from the frozen water of the sacred torne river, with minimal support from thin metal frames that help with some of the immense weight. although widely known as an extraordinarily different hotel, the project is in reality a large scale art exhibition that explores the structural and delicately aesthetic properties of ice in what can be considered one of the most sophisticated contemporary reinterpretations of
indigenous snow dwellings.