london 2012 festival olafur eliasson: little sun at tate modern
london 2012 festival olafur eliasson: little sun at tate modern
jul 12, 2012

london 2012 festival olafur eliasson: little sun at tate modern

london 2012 festival   olafur eliasson: little sun at tate modern
designed for the london 2012 festival, olafur eliasson’s experiential exhibition at tate modern focuses on his ‘little sun’ solar lamp (developed with frederik ottensen) and the ideas of light and life
olafur eliasson and frederik ottensen
‘little sun’, 2012
image © andy paradise, 2012



olafur eliasson: little sun
tate modern, london, england
exhibition: july 28th, 2012 – september 23rd, 2012



in an exhibition developed for the london 2012 festival, olafur eliasson brings his solar-powered ‘little sun’ lamps to the tate modern, where visitors can use the devices to explore the museum on select saturdays afterhours, with all the building’s lights turned off. these ‘tate blackouts’– a reference to the 1938 international surrealist exhibition at paris’s galérie des beaux-arts in which man ray offered visitors flashlights to explore the galleries– are just one aspect of olafur eliasson’s ‘little sun’ exhibition. a dedicated space on the gallery’s third floor features the pieces alongside installations about solar power and the global energy. beginning in september, regular ‘little sun ‘ events will bring a seminar and the world premiere of 16 international short films on ‘light, life, and ‘little sun”. the ‘little sun’ solar lamps were developed by olafur eliasson in collaboration with engineer frederik ottesen, and first presented at the 2012 world economic forum (covered by designboom here). the devices are designed for distribution in developing countries and off-grid locations, improving living conditions and quality of life in areas that often rely on kerosene lanterns.

olafur eliasson at tate modern
olafur eliasson and frederik ottensen
‘little sun’, 2012
image © andy paradise, 2012

olafur eliasson at tate modern
olafur eliasson and frederik ottesen
‘little sun’, 2012
image © olafur eliasson

about the exhibition olafur eliasson reflects:over the years, I have been absorbed by phenomena such as light, time, the negotiation of space, compassion and the relation between body, mind, and action. ‘little sun’ brings these different strands of my work together – this is a very important step for me. by bringing ‘little sun’ to tate modern and the london olympics, I hope to realize an art project for those who typically have no access to global events of this scale.’


olafur eliasson at tate modern
portrait of olafur eliasson with the ‘little sun’ solar lamp
olafur eliasson and frederik ottesen: ‘little sun’, 2012
image © tomas gislason, 2012

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