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Olafur Eliasson and Little Sun

 

Little Sun Charge

Olafur Eliasson and Little Sun

2,080 people pledged €265,448 to support this project on Kickstarter

Olafur Eliasson and Frederik Ottesen, Little Sun Charge, 2016. Photo by Gontse Phatstoki More. Courtesy of Little Sun.

Olafur Eliasson and Frederik Ottesen, Little Sun Charge, 2016. Photo by Gontse Phatstoki More. Courtesy of Little Sun.

 

“In my artworks,” explains Olafur Eliasson, “I use light to shape spaces and environments that make people wonder, [and] make them question how they sense the world and engage with it.” After installing an artificial sun inside the Tate Modern and waterfalls around New York City, Eliasson continued his exploration of light and energy with the help of Kickstarter backers from around the world, creating what he calls “a work of art that works in life.” Both artwork and electronic device, Little Sun Charge is a portable solar charger that provides clean energy and light to communities without access to electricity. Over 500,000 Little Suns have been sold at locally affordable prices in 39 countries, bringing a sustainable source of light to more than 1.2 million people. “By making an issue as urgent as energy access not just understandable for the mind but also physically tangible,” Eliasson continues, “art can change the world.”

 
Olafur Eliasson and Frederik Ottesen, Little Sun Charge, 2016. Photo by Gontse Phatstoki More. Courtesy of Little Sun.

Olafur Eliasson and Frederik Ottesen, Little Sun Charge, 2016. Photo by Gontse Phatstoki More. Courtesy of Little Sun.

Olafur Eliasson and Frederik Ottesen, Little Sun Charge, 2016. Photo courtesy of Little Sun.

Olafur Eliasson and Frederik Ottesen, Little Sun Charge, 2016. Photo courtesy of Little Sun.

Olafur Eliasson and Frederik Ottesen, Little Sun Charge, 2016. Photo courtesy of Little Sun.

Olafur Eliasson and Frederik Ottesen, Little Sun Charge, 2016. Photo courtesy of Little Sun.

Olafur Eliasson and Frederik Ottesen, Little Sun Charge, 2016. Photo courtesy of Little Sun.

Olafur Eliasson and Frederik Ottesen, Little Sun Charge, 2016. Photo courtesy of Little Sun.