The Little Sun project is an exciting solar powered light designed by Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. A friend of mine has just returned from London and has brought back a Little Sun, and I am using it all the time. Basically, it is an inexpensive light, that takes five hours to charge in the sunlight and is extremely bright. Because I live in the countryside, and experience frequent blackouts, this little light can be a lifesaver.
Eliasson is well known for his giant sun installation “The Weather Project” in the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern in 2003, which consisted of a giant amber light resembling the sun, which fills the hall with a yellow ambient glow, amplified and obscured by the addition of a fine mist that roams around the exhibition space. Because of the success of this project, it is fitting that the Tate Modern is distributing this smaller scale Little Sun project.
The goal of this project is to bring light into communities around the world who have little to no electricity. Because this is a sustainable power source, lighting up one’s house can be done off of the grid.
The small plastic light is affordable, and is available through the Tate Modern’s gift shop for 16.50 British pounds. By purchasing the light at this price, it allows the cost to be lowered in countries that need light, so you are supporting a good cause, as well as getting a fun art piece at the same time!
Check out the Tate Modern’s shop as well as the official Little Sun project website for more information.