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Steam Egg: Public Steam Sessions in November & December

  • Mandarin Plaza 970 N. Broadway Los Angeles, CA, 90012 (map)

This winter, Materials & Applications invites you to an experiment in social steaming. Designed and built by the artist Michael Parker, Steam Egg is a public sculpture and fully-functional steam room that is mirrored on the outside and mortared on the inside. Guests are invited to climb up and into this ovoidal-shaped steam room and immerse themselves in a hot, intimate setting with friends* and strangers. The heated vapors are infused with specially devised scents selected by our Herb-J (kinda like a DJ but for olfaction). We recommend two or three short rounds of steaming. Live music by holloys** will complete your full sensory experience**. 

Materials & Applications and Michael Parker will host four*** steam sessions this winter: 

Sunday, November 18th
4PM - 8PM 

Wednesday, November 28th
6PM - 10PM

Sunday, December 16th
4PM - 8PM  

Sunday, December 30th 
4PM - 8PM

The events are free and open to the public. Please BYOBS (bathing suit) and BYOT (towel) - though we have a few dozen on hand. Drinking water and changing rooms are provided. 

 Steam Egg is located in Mandarin Plaza Courtyard, 970 N. Broadway, Chinatown. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at with any accessibility questions or needs.

* Though it may not look like it from the outside, the Steam Egg can comfortably fit six to seven people at any one time.

** We are excited to announce that on Nov. 18, Nov. 28, and Dec. 16, we will have live music performed by holloys. 

*** Private and small group steam sessions can be booked upon request for a nominal fee.

About Michael Parker

Michael Parker lives and works in Los Angeles where he teaches sculpture at California State University, Long Beach, and is currently on the Programming Committee at Human Resources Los Angeles. He holds a BA from Pomona College (‘00) and an MFA from USC (‘09). He is a recipient of the California Community Foundation’s Emerging Artists Fellowship, Public Art Residency at Heart of Los Angeles, Center for Cultural Innovation Artists’ Resource for Completion Grant, and Printed Matter Award for Artists.

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