This is a Little Sun, a small solar-powered lamp designed to provide indoor light in off-the-grid locations, especially third-world countries where power may be intermittent or unavailable. It was conceived and designed by artist Olafur Eliasson and Frederik Ottesen and is priced in such a manner that when affluent Americans and Europeans purchase Little Sun, it helps make it available at about half the price in off-the-grid locations.
Eliasson is my guest on this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast. Among the subjects we discuss is his Little Sun project. An exhibition of Eliasson’s newest photographs — featuring his ancestral homeland of Iceland — opens next week at Chelsea’s Tanya Bonakdar Gallery. Also, Taschen has just published a new edition of “Studio Olafur Eliasson,” a 532-page ‘encylopedia’ of Eliasson’s studio practice. (It’s available on Amazon for $25, a 40 percent discount.)