Tip of an Iceberg

For the main entrance of the new Karolinska Hospital conference facility, Bigert & Bergström have made a new commissioned work entitled Tip of an Iceberg. The glass cube entrance is 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. 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 one can point to Andrei Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, whose “Friday afternoon experiments” led to the discovery of the new material graphene.

Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger

The iceberg is made out of 60 facet’s of white opal acrylic glass attached to a lacquered stainless steel skeleton. Inside a hanging LED light rig generates a moving and pulsating white light.

The project is being carried out in collaboration with the Stockholm County Council’s Art Unit. The production and installation have been made together with ArtEngineering (Stuttgart), Autocut (Stockholm) and Hangmen AB (Stockholm).


"Tip of an Iceberg," 2019 
Glass, acrylic glass, steel, LED-lights 
230 x 570 x 340 cm
Artists' sketch, idea
Model of the work


Photos: Jean-Baptiste Béranger


Photos: Sudio Bigert & Bergström