Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has created a low-cost solar-powered lamp to improve the lives of people in developing countries called Little Sun. The robust, rechargeable lamp is suitable for three years’ continued use before the batteries need replacing.
Little Sun is designed to replace low-cost kerosene lamps, which give off harmful emissions and are expensive for poor families to run. Eliasson says a 10-year-old doing her homework by the light of a wick-based kerosene lantern breathes in pollution equivalent to smoking 40 cigarettes a day.
To raise awareness of the 1.6 billion people who don’t have access to the electrical grid, the lamp will be used in a series of events at London’s Tate Modern called Blackout. Visitors will navigate the art gallery in the dark, using Little Sun as their only source of light. The event is part of the London 2012 Festival, celebrating the 2012 Olympics, and will take place every Saturday from July 28 to September 23 2012.
Read more about Eliasson’s work in the Colour report Your Rainbow Panorama.