Solar lights become art at Sustainia Awards

Olafur Eliasson's Little Sun is a work of art that works in life. Watch the live recorded artwork by the audience and Olafur Eliasson at the Sustainia Award Ceremony at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen

You are sitting in the dark, waiting… for light to take the stage.

Watch the live recorded artwork by the audience and Olafur Eliasson, artist and co-Founder of Little Sun, at the Sustainia Award Ceremony at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, 7th November 2013. 

Artist Olafur Eliasson, best known for his sun installation at Tate Modern, created Little Sun working with his partner, Frederick Ottesen, in response to the energy issues facing certain parts of the world.

Little Sun is a beautiful, hand-sized, solar-powered light. Five hours of light is gained from five hours of charging. Little Sun is a project to get as many of these lights to the 1.6 billion people currently not receiving electricity in off-grid communities.  

Little Sun launched at the Tate Modern in August as part of Festival 2012. Since then, the Little Sun lamp has not only received official certification from Lighting Africa, a joint IFC and World Bank program, but it has also reignited possibilities for entrepreneurs all over the world.

By January 2013, the company found itself shipping more than 115,000 units globally. The hope is to sell 50 million by 2020 by distributing the lamps to entrepreneurs across the developing world.

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