Art Basel 2013: Little Sun, A global project by Olafur Eliasson

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Little Sun, A global project by Olafur Eliasson
December 4-7, 2014 / 6:00 PM - 3:00 AM*

Photo: Studio Olafur Eliasson

Free and open to the public
YoungArts Campus, Gallery - Tower Building
2100 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami FL


National YoungArts Foundation in collaboration with MoMA PS1 is pleased to present Little Sun, a global project by Olafur Eliasson. As part of his Little Sun project, Olafur Eliasson invited eighteen filmmakers from all over the world to create a film about light, life, and Little Sun. The short films will be continuously screened for the duration of Art Basel in Miami Beach, with a specially designed kiosk presenting the project Little Sun and its eponymous solar lamp, which will be available for purchase.

Little Sun Films is a series of short films created by eighteen young, internationally acclaimed filmmakers from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and South America in response to an invitation from Olafur Eliasson and producer Tine Fischer to create film material relating to his Little Sun solar-powered lamp. Shot in a range of formats and styles, the collected filmed material was edited into short films by Jacob Thuesen, Eliasson, and Fischer. The films focus on local phenomena, detailed observations, atmospheres, aspirations, feelings, encounters, and social activities; they all relate in broad terms to life, light, and energy access.
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Artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen developed the Little Sun solar-powered lamp to get clean, affordable light to the 1.6 billion people in the world without electricity. Little Sun is at once a work of art, a global project, a social business, and a way to connect the world through sharing light. Not only for off-grid areas, Little Sun lamps are popular across the globe. Purchasing Little Suns in areas of the world with electricity makes the lamps available in off-grid areas at reduced, locally affordable prices, where they are providing a clear alternative to unsafe and toxic fuel-based lighting like kerosene lanterns.

To date, Little Sun has produced 165,000 lamps and currently has distribution in Zimbabwe, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Burundi, Senegal, and South Africa, as well as in the EU, Japan, Australia, and the USA. The social business addresses the need for light in a sustainable way that benefits off-grid communities, creates local jobs, and generates local profits. On-grid investment is used to kick-start off-grid small businesses that sell Little Suns, supplying funding for sales agents to receive business starter kits and micro-entrepreneurial training. Little Sun is working to make sustainable solar light available to everyone. 

To join the Little Sun global project, visit:

*Also on the YoungArts Campus during Art Basel in Miami Beach: 
A Portrait of Marina Abramović by artist Matthu Placek.