Designer Olafur Eliasson Creates Solar Powered Light The “Little Sun”

Photo via Olafur Eliasson`s Website

I don’t know about you, but I for one take electricity for granted. It is just something I have always had, and when I lose it, even briefly, I often wait eagerly for its return so that I can proceed with my day. It is hard to believe that there are still 1.2 billion people in this world who lack electricity. A staggering number.

Luckily there are innovative minds out there that are thinking of new ways, eco-friendly ones even, to help find solutions and solve problems such as this. An Icelandic designer, Olafur Eliasson, is one of them.

Recently at the World Economic Forum in Ethiopia, Eliasson presented the “Little Sun” – a  solar light that is designed in the shape of a sunflower and is yellow in color. The Little Sun runs on “LED technology and uses sunlight through a 6 x 6 cm mono-crystalline solar module.” It can provide light after four-hours of charging for five full hours!

Eliasson created the Little Sun with help from Engineer Frederik Ottesen, and above all, considers his work Art that transcends any economic boundaries.

The Little Sun is expected to Launch in July in London, UK, at the Tate Modern Museum during the events that are help before the Olympics kick off.

Source and photos: Design Buzz