Little Sun' Brightens Unelectrified World

Light is for everyone – it determines what we do and how we do it. This is why Frederik Ottesen and Olafur Eliasson have developed the solar-powered lamp known as Little Sun.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network now have the opportunity to purchase these wonderful art objects for only $25.

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.

Little Sun is an innovative way to get clean, affordable light to the 1.6 billion people worldwide without access to the electrical grid.

Little Sun is:

An attractive, high-quality solar-powered lamp in the shape of a hand-sized sun developed by artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen.

A social business that produces Little Sun lamps and distributes them worldwide by establishing sustainable trade routes, allowing off-grid distributors to profit while bringing light to local users.

A global project connecting the world’s electrified areas with off-grid communities – purchasing a Little Sun in areas of the world with electricity allows Little Suns to be sold off-grid at much lower, locally affordable prices.

A work of art that works in life. 5 hours of sunlight equals one evening of Little Sunlight. Little Sun runs 3 years before needing a battery replacement. Little Sun saves users 90% over 3 years compared to kerosene. Wear it as a pendant, carry it as a hand-held lantern, hang it on your wall, fix it as a table lamp, or attach it to your bike. Little Sun is UV and heat resistant and dust proof.

Ethiopia Launch

The Little Sun project was officially launched in July 2012 at London’s Tate Modern and currently has distribution in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Senegal, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, as well as the EU, the US and Japan. The popularity of Little Sun lies not just in the global south, but all over the world.

This means Little Sun has been able to develop a unique social business model that uses the revenue from the higher on-grid sales prices of lamps to invest in the sustainable distribution of lamps in off-grid communities.

Thus Little Sun is able to help create off-grid jobs and support off-grid entrepreneurs, generating local profits.

Projects with on-grid partners such as art institutions, international agencies, NGOs, and private sector partners are used to raise global awareness of energy access and solar power, to reduce off-grid prices even further, and when necessary, to raise funds for lamps to be supplied free-of-charge to people outside the reach of markets.

Social Business

Little Sun is a social business that follows the principle of trade, not aid. It’s not just about delivering light to people – it matters how it gets there. Our mission is to address the need for light in a sustainable way that benefits off-grid communities.

No profits from the Little Sun project are diverted to investors – in fact, we have no investors. All funds generated by Little Sun are used to drive the project. Little Sun aims to spread light, safe energy, and profits everywhere we work.

Little Sun supports the UN initiative to achieve universal access to modern energy services by 2030, established by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change.

Here is the link to the Little Sun homepage, where you can own this piece of art for only $25. Watch today's Homepage Featured Video to learn more about this global project.