Little Sun transforms the light for all of us into light for each of us

Light is for everyone – it determines what we do and how we do it. This is why Frederik Ottesen and I have developed the solar-powered lamp Little Sun. One part of the artwork is the lamp and the activities it enables. The other is the successful distribution of Little Sun in off-grid communities, its journey from production to usage.

In everyday life, it is important that we critically engage in global initiatives and local contexts. Our actions have consequences for the world. Little Sun is a wedge that opens up the urgent discussion about bringing sustainable energy to all from the perspective of art.

– Olafur Eliasson

Since the early 1990s, Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has continually pursued ideas of sharing and sensing space. He explores and challenges people’s patterns of perception, finding nature a constant source of fascination, inside as well as outside.

Other works by Olafur Eliasson

The weather project
Your rainbow panorama
2006 - 2011
The New York City Waterfalls
Model room