Molly Reichert & Emily Stover Build Sauna with Wheels

Nostalgic for winter already?

Emily Stover, a Master of Landscape Architecture student and public artist, shared these photos of the TönöSauna, a wood-burning sauna built from a salvaged 1966 Avion travel trailer. Originally commissioned for the 2012 Art Shanty Projects, a four-week art event on frozen Medicine Lake, Minnesota, this nifty shanty might roll through a community near you sometime soon.

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"By making the sauna mobile," explains Stover, "we can bring it to Twin Cities neighborhoods unfamiliar or underserved by such a needed social space. We encourage people to come out of their homes and join others at the public talks, sound installations, and classes that we have held in the TönöSauna."

Shanty2.jpgThe trailer has a space designed so people can, warm themselves, and relax. It's meant to be used as an art and conversation space, a platform for new media art, music installations, and talks led by historians, artists, architects, and others.

Molly Reichert, an adjunct professor at the School of Architecture, was also a member of the team behind the design, along with Emily Stover, Daniel Dean, John Kim, and John Moore.

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Interested in renting the TönöSauna? Contact artshanty2012@gmail.com.

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