Little Sun is the creation of Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, best known for his highly successful 'The Weather Project' exhibition, staged inside the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall in 2003.
A small solar powered light, Little Sun was designed by Eliasson to bring light to off-grid areas of the world where electricity is not available. The light lasts for five hours after just four hours of charging in the sun. This small 'sun on a string' is also designed to facilitate the creation of small businesses, with the idea that people in these areas would be able to sell Little Suns and profit directly.
Little Sun had its first debut at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Addis Ababa earlier this year and is currently on display at London's Tate Modern, with blackout events, solar power demonstrations and light graffiti all demonstrating to visitors the importance of light in our lives. The product was also showcased recently at this year's Venice Biennale, within the 'common ground' exhibition space. We admire Eliasson's ability to use his substantial art world clout to address global issues.
To view more of the artist's work, go here.