July 23, 2012 | Home Couture Store
Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has developed Little Sun, a small solar-powered lantern, in collaboration with entrepreneur Frederik Ottesen.
The Little Sun was presented as part of the World Economic Forum, which is designed to bring forth proposals in how art can participate in helping and creating world change. The palm sized device has been made to improve access to light and electricity to those living in small, rural communities in Africa that are not built on an electric grid.
The Little Sun initiative provides an affordable, off-the-grid alternative to lighting for more than 2.5 million people in Africa. Olafur Eliasson also plans to expand his research into a few more solar products including a mobile phone charger and radio.
Power the device during daylight hours, and by sunset it will be ready to use be it during dinner, studying or simply just to illuminate one’s surroundings.