At Sweden's Icehotel, two Halifax artists have been working hard...to honour their cat

Sonia Chow and Huschang Pourian have made their cat into a mesmerizing vision in ice and snow.

Sonia Chow and Huschang Pourian have made their cat into a mesmerizing vision in ice and snow

Sonia Chow and Huschang Pourian are no strangers to the conditions in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. This year marks their second time working very quickly in the cold to create one of the ice-based rooms at the town's hotel. There are very few hours of daylight in a 24-hour cycle, and the temperature is often punishing. But it's a good test of their artistic mettle — and the strength of their relationship — as they manipulate the snow and chisel the ice to create a vision based on observing the actions of their own cat at home.

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Every year, a hotel and art exhibition made of snow and ice opens in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. In it, these Canadians are honouring their cat with ice. 4:05

In this video made by filmmakers Mattias Löw and Reshma Mansuri Löw, go inside the Icehotel as it's being installed. The hotel selects artists from around the world each year to create rooms at the site (that's north of the Arctic Circle).

You can see another of the rooms, created by artists Jennie O'Keefe and and Chris Pancoe from Winnipeg, here. The results are a bit of a wintry miracle — and if you have the means and act fast, you may just be able to stay in one of them.

Follow Sonia Chow and Huschang Pourian here, and find out more about Icehotel Sweden here.

Check out more images from other beautiful rooms at the Icehotel below:

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About the Author

Mattias Löw is a Swedish film director, documentary filmmaker, film producer, screenwriter, photographer and visiting scholar at various universities. Beginning his career as a music video director, Mattias Löw turned to documentaries and has won acclaim from critics and audiences alike, and been the recipient of several prestigious international TV, film and journalism awards for his sport, educational and social-themed documentaries primarily made for Swedish public TV broadcaster SVT - Sveriges Television. Reshma Mansuri Löw is an Indian writer, poet and former TV presenter for Pakistani channels Geo and TVOne, presently working as a co-producer on various educational and social-themed documentaries, in addition to writing poems and essays for photography exhibitions.