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Olafur Eliasson and Frederik Ottesen

Artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen founded the Little Sun project as a way of providing access to affordable, reliable and sustainable light sources for the 1.1billion people worldwide who have no access to electricity.


"Light is for everyone – it determines what we do and how we do it. This is why we have developed the solar-powered lamp Little Sun. One part of the artwork is the lamp and the activities it enables. The other is the successful distribution of Little Sun in off-grid communities, its journey from production to usage."

Olafur Eliasson


"Having energy brings opportunity. For many of our customers living in areas without electricity, our solar lamp is their first experience of having safe, clean light whenever they need it, their first important step – of many – up the energy ladder."

Frederik Ottesen


Olafur Eliasson and Frederik Ottesen