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Little lamps make a big difference

Olafur Eliasson's Little Sun brings artificial light to millions who live without electricity

Olafur Eliasson and his Little Sun lamp

The Danish-born artist Olafur Eliasson has delivered an extra bit of sunshine to Miami: a truckload of low-cost solar-powered lights that he has created with the engineer Frederik Ottesen. They are selling like hot cakes at the Fondation Beyeler’s Art Basel stand (C1), for $30 each.

But is a Little Sun lamp art? He told us that it is both art and a functional object designed to bring artificial light to the millions of people who live without electricity. “It [is the result] of the same process as when I make a sculpture or an installation,” he says, adding that he hopes that millions of the unlimited edition will be sold.

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