Tip Of An Iceberg, 2014-2016

For the main entrance of the new Karolinska Hospital conference facility we’re working on an artistic creation entitled Tip Of An Iceberg. The glass cube in the entrance will be embellished with a large, suspended, glowing sculpture whose tip pokes through the ceiling of the glass cube into the open air. The work is in the form of a crystal that resembles an iceberg and appears to be floating in the imaginary waters of the cube.

The concept centers on the primary purpose of the conference center – the exchange of ideas and research. The iceberg represents an idea that has crystalized and whose potential is bursting out of the space. It gives a new angle on the tired expression “think outside the box.”

The work also highlights the importance of unconscious mental processes and their impact on creative conceptual work. This has been a key element of the past years’ debate about basic research and to what degree it ought to be controlled. Here the concept “curiosity research” is interesting, as it is about remaining open to unexpected discoveries. Scientific history is littered with paradigm shifts in which coincidences and unconventional methods have led to revolutionary discoveries. Fleming’s discovery of penicillin is a well-known story; in more recent years we can point to Andrei Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, whose “Friday afternoon experiments” led to the discovery of graphene.

The project is being carried out in collaboration with the Stockholm County Council’s art unit and Greiner ArtEngineering in Stuttgart. It is expected to be completed in 2016.


3D render, Tip Of An Iceberg
Bigert & Bergström 2014


3D render, Tip Of An Iceberg, Bigert & Bergström 2014
3D render, Tip Of An Iceberg, Bigert & Bergström 2014


Studio Bigert & Bergström

Västmannagatan 73
113 26 Stockholm


Mats Bigert
+46 708 57 86 52

Lars Bergström
+46 708 57 86 53

Represented by:
Gallery Niklas Belenius, Stockholm

Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin
Cis Art Lodgers, Barcelona


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