Chanel Iceberg Catwalk

As per Ben’s on going work with the Ice Hotel, he was invited to be part of an International team of artists to build and shape a huge iceberg sculpture, constructed from real snow and ice as a mix called “Snice” imported from Sweden, as a set for Chanel’s Autumn Winter show in the Grand Palais, for Paris Fashion Week.

Three teams worked in shifts 24 hours a day inside a giant cooling chamber that was to be lifted on the reveal day.

Built over a timber structure 30 articulated trucks packed full of Snice blocks were moved into position by forklifts and mobile cranes and then rapidly shaped by hand.


“Operation Blade” Artist suite in collaboration with Jai Drew 2007

Image by Adrian Nordenbourg

Operation Blade is vehicle from the future for exploring frozen dreams in magical imaginations, and was Designed and created by Ben Rousseau and Jai Drew for Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden on the banks of the Torne River

Seating area and control desk looking out of the room into the corridor. The control desk is for the guest to control the journey exploring frozen thoughts. Main desk carved from solid block of ice 1m x1m x 2m with 6 laser pods by Chris Levine inside sending laser beams reflecting through the desk to give the impression of mind powered control and organic life form.

The experience of the room was to feel as though you were beneath the ice of the Torne river and looking up into the sunlight and seeing the change of colours from blue to aqua and white and everything in between. The effect was created using fibre optics carefully positioned at the joint of each block with cables running up onto the ceiling where we had a colour wheel with a fade of the above colours on a slow cycle.

Local reindeer skins provide a sense of luxury and warmth.