Fridge Igloo



At the Gänsemarkt in Hamburg, Germany, currently an Igloo can be seen made from 322 frigdges. It is titled “Wastefulness is the biggest source of Energy”. You can see it until 9th of November. The igloo is an art project by Berlin-based artist Ralf Schmerberg and is supported by an energy provider.

At the inside there are artworks from old electronical devices arranged in a very colorful setting. At the outside they had a huge electricity meter which showed how much energy would be consumed by all those very old fridges. It is said that with a more efficient use of energy, Germany could save around 40%.

It is 5.6 meters high on the outside, 4.82 meters on the inside, has an outer diameter of 11 meters and an inner diameter of 9.8 meters. What happens after November 9th with all the fridges is unknown.

Artist: Ralf Schmerberg

Project: Igloo – Wastefulness is the biggest source of Energy (2010)

Superused: 322 fridges

Location: Gänsemarkt, Hamburg, Germany

Energy and materials used: 15.684 vector Lines, 13 bars of concept chocolat, 10.5 tons of weight, 322 Refrigerators, 30.780 watts of energy, 1.718 meters of wire, 35 pairs of gloves, 487 sandwiches by mommy, 49.000 calories, 120 leisure-time beers.

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