PreRamble: Another incredible, sustainable, socially responsible project to add to the Universe’s “win-win” tally —
Danish-Icelandic artist, Olafur Eliasson — known for sculptural, large-scale installation art featuring elements of light, water and air — has developed a multi-influential project called “Little Sun” that brings solar-powered light to remote areas of the world.
The enlightened global project was created around the idea of light as a medium that connects people, both to opportunity and to other people. Artist Eliasson believes that access to light means increased access to learning, commerce, social activities and feelings of warmth and inclusivity that go beyond functionality.
“’Light is for everyone – it determines what we do and how we do it. Little Sun is a small work of art with a large reach. 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.”
The light’s playful, durable, “sun-like” design uses a “6 x 6 cm mono-crystalline solar module” that can be charged for five hours in the sunlight to provide five hours of bright LED illumination. It is heat and dust resistant and runs for three years before needing a replacement battery.
The versatile little beacon can be worn as a pendant, carried as a hand-held lantern, hung on a wall, suspended as a table lamp, or even attached to a bicycle.
The Take-Away: The “Little Sun” light unit is sold on the website of the same name (as you would expect, the site is very well designed and user-friendly) for $25 plus shipping. Every light that is purchased at the regular price, affords a light to be made available at a reduced price in remote, off-grid communities.
It’s a bright idea on so many levels.