Olafur Eliasson & Frederik Ottesen
“Light is social. Light is life.”
Nature serves as a constant source of fascination for Danish artist and engineer pair, Olafur Eliasson and Frederik Otteson. Light in particular is a favorite medium of the duo, who together founded the Little Sun project, a global initiative to bring solar lamps to the 1.1 billion people living without affordable electricity. In these impoverished communities, solar lamps allow residents to work or study once the sun goes down, therefore aiding in their economic advancement. Light is a way of connecting people, Eliasson believes. “Light is social. Light is life,” he says. Together Eliasson and Otteson use light and art to affect social and environmental change on a global level. Since launching Little Sun, they have distributed a total of 439,035 solar lamps worldwide.