The Solar Egg by Stockholm based design duo Bigert & Bergström – a steel egg plated with gold (reflecting the surrounding landscape of Kiruna in Sweden) with a wood-fired sauna inside.
Made of 69 separate pieces and accessed by a folding golden stairway, the sauna egg is a public art installation which can accommodate eight sweaty patrons at once.
A fascinating time lapse video by wildlife filmmaker Francis Chee of cell division in a developing frog egg, as it splits from two cells into several million over the course of 33 hours. Chee sez:
… it was done with a custom designed microscope based on the “infinity optical design” It is not available by any manufacturer. I built it. I used LEDs and relevant optics to light the egg. They too were custom designed by me. The whole microscope sits on anti-vibration table. I have to say that it doesn’t matter too much what microscope people use to perform this. There are countless other variables involved in performing this tricky shot, such as for example: the ambient temperature during shooting; the time at which the eggs were collected; the handling skills of the operator; the type of water used; lenses; quality of camera etc etc.
‘SeedS’ designed by Karl Lenton of Burr Lenton Architecture are ‘mobile therapy spaces’ for prison inmates. The egg-like pods (featuring sound dampening, smooth surfaces, no potential ‘ligature points’ and an escape hatch opposite the main door) are modular and can be assembled in 30 minutes.
The Seeds are already being used to provide inmate healthcare at Leeds Prison.