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Little Sun Charge by Olafur Eliasson

Posted in Art with tags , , on September 29, 2015 by telescoper

You might remember a piece I did a while ago about Little Sun by the artist Olafur Eliasson. This is a solar-powered lamp that charges up during the day and provides night-time illumination for those, e.g. in sub-Saharan Africa, without access to an electricity grid. I supported this project myself, including writing a piece here as part of the Little Charter for Light and Energy.

Well, it seems that in his travels around the world promoting Little Sun, Olafur received a lot of comments about how great it would be if the same principle could be used to provide a solar-powered mobile phone charger. So now – lo and behold! – there is a new product called Little Sun Charge. Here’s a little video about it:

I’m mentioning this here because Olafur is attempting to crowdfund this project via a kickstarter campaign. The campaign has already exceeded its initial target, but there are five days still remaining and every penny raised will used to reduce the price of the charger so that it can be sold to off-grid customers for even less than originally planned.

So please visit the link and pledge some dosh! There are treats in store for those who do!

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A little piece about Little Sun..

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on February 15, 2013 by telescoper

Just time for a nano post today to alert you to the fact that my little contribution to the Charter of Light and Energy has now been published online at:

http://littlesun.com/index.php?sec=charter&p=Peter%20Coles

Please have a look, and why not read the other pieces while you’re there?

My Little Sun

Posted in Art, Biographical with tags , , on January 9, 2013 by telescoper

I’m so excited to have won something other than a dictionary for a change!

I’ve just received delivery of the Little Sun that I was promised after entering a little competition on Twitter. It’s a solar-powered light that charges during daylight hours to provide a bright safe source of illumination at night. “Little Sun transforms the light that is for all of us into light that is for each of us…”

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This gives me an excuse to mention that later this month my contribution to the Charter of Light will go live on the website. Please follow the campaign, which aims to improve light and energy access in the developing world.

Olafur Eliasson: Space, Art and Little Sun

Posted in Art with tags , , , on July 13, 2012 by telescoper

I recently found a report about a new project by Olafur Eliasson at Tate Modern called Little Sun which seems very intriguing to me. Basically the Little Suns in question are solar-powered LED lamps, with a running time of about 5 hours. Similar, I suppose to the things some of us have in our gardens that charge up during the day and light up at night. Anyway,  the idea is that on Saturday evenings from 28 July to 23 September  the lights at Tate Modern will be switched off, and each visitor given a Little Sun so they can wander around and see the exhibits in the dark. I can imagine that this will a fascinating experience, changing as it will the usual relationship between the viewer and the viewed, and the space enclosing them both. During the day there will also be a gallery open on the building’s third floor, where visitors can learn about solar power, global energy problems, light and its importance to life, as well as create light graffiti, as demonstrated on the little video here:

I’m not sure I’ll the chance to see Little Sun but I hope this encourages at least a few of you to check it out.

I also found this talk by Olafur Eliasson at TEDX some time ago, called Playing with Space and Light. A while ago was invited one of the gatherings of artists and scientists he mentions at the beginning, and found it absolutely fascinating…