So if not ice sculptors, who are the makers of Icehotel? Well, it changes from year to year but graphic designers, architects, industrial engineers, artists – the list goes on. The Creative Board makes an open call for design proposals every spring. The best concepts get an invitation to the two-week art symposium to create the suite in person.
Out of 120-150 proposals, 15-20 are accepted and invited to come to Jukkasjärvi in November to build their design. Diversity is an important factor, and the panel strives to have a balanced representation of sex, origin, age and experience. Some artists are local, while others may have traveled from Asia or South America and have never experienced snow before.