A work of art brings solar-powered light to off-grid areas of the world

An interactive exhibition at the Tate Modern introduces the ‘Little Sun‘, a portable solar-powered lamp which the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson created together with engineer Frederick Ottesen.

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Olafur Eliasson and Frederik Ottesen, Little Sun 2012
Photograph: Tomas Gislason, 2012


Instead of presenting the lamp passively, the Tate Modern turns dark and invites visitors to light their way through the surrealist galleries of the former power station.

Background for the development of the little lamp is that there are 1.6 billion people without access to electricity. Customized for a hot environment, the lamp charges by lying in the sun and features a special cooling system. It can provide up to five hours of light.



Article in ARTnews on 4 February 2013:
Solar Flair: An Artistic Lamp, Powered by the Sun
Olafur Eliasson and Frederik Ottesen create an object that provides light in places off the electrical grid. By Barbara A. MacAdam

Article in Habitat Australia on 24 January 2013:
Let there be light
And there was – but not for everyone. One in five people in the world are living without access to mains electricity. Nicole Muir discovers that with the creativity of artist Olafur Eliasson and know-how of engineer Frederik Ottesen, the future of some of the world’s most electrically disadvantaged is looking brighter. By Nicole Muir

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