Little Sun Launched at World Economic Forum
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, May 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
Little Sun, a small solar-powered light, was launched today at the World Economic
Forum in Addis Ababa as part of the WEF’s focus on how art can contribute to changing the
Leading artist Olafur Eliasson, working with engineer Frederik Ottesen, has been
developing Little Sun – a work of art that works in life – over the last two years.
Little Sun provides a practical, affordable, and safe source of artificial light to
some of the 1.6 billion people worldwide who live without access to mains electricity.
Little Sun makes light for living, learning, and earning. Little Sun creates business
opportunities in off-grid regions that generate profits for everyone involved, in all
stages of production, distribution, retail, and use.
The light’s durable, versatile sun-like design utilises a 6 x 6 cm mono-crystalline
solar module. When charged for four hours in the sunlight, Little Sun will yield five
hours of bright LED illumination.
Olafur Eliasson said: “Little Sun is a small work of art with a large reach. It brings
the different strands of my work together in a new, meaningful context. One part of the
artwork is the lamp itself and the activities enabled by its light; the other is the
successful integration of Little Sun into off-grid communities – its journey from
production to usage.”
The Little Sun project will be presented at Tate Modern, London, this summer in a
specially created display as part of the London 2012 Festival, the cultural programme that
accompanies the London 2012 Olympic Games. Details will be announced shortly.
A photo exhibition by leading Ethiopian artists about Little Sun solutions to energy
poverty will be presented during the Forum: Tehras Berhe, Mihret Kebede, Desta Madere,
Merklit Mersha, Michael Tsegaye, and Helen Zeru.
SOURCE Studio Olafur Eliasson