Thanks to the generosity of artists, donors and partners, the yearly Summer Night’s Gala at the Fondation Beyeler generates funds that sustain the exhibitions and the art education program focusing on children and young people.
The Fondation Beyeler teamed up with Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson for the Summer Night’s Gala 2015, who put the Little Sun project centre stage. The Swiss museum is a long-time supporter of the Little Sun global solar art project by artist Olafur Eliasson, which it presented at Art Basel in Miami Beach in 2013. The Fondation Beyeler’s Art Shop has stocked the Little Sun lamps since their launch. The solar powered lamps have proved very successful with visitors to the museum. The Fondation Beyeler is therefore happyto support the Kickstarter campaign of the latest project by Olafur Eliasson, the Little Sun Charge: www.littlesun.com/kickstarter
The Fondation Beyeler has decided to make a contribution to the Little Sun project to enhance awareness for this ground-breaking enterprise.
“We are all connected by the sun: Our actions have consequences for the world. Little Sun is a wedge that opens up the urgent discussion about bringing sustainable energy to all from the perspective of art. It raises awareness about energy access, ecology and the unequal distribution of energy today.[…] In my artworks I use light to shape spaces and environments that make people wonder, make them question how they sense the world and engage with it. I believe that art can change the world by making issues as urgent as energy access and climate change not just understandable for the mind but also physically tangible. This experience can lead us to recognise our interconnectivity, what we have in common, and it moves us to act.” Olafur Eliasson
So far, the Little Sun lamp has brought light to hundreds of thousands of people, including over 670,000 people living without access to the electrical grid. The next Little Sun that Olafur Eliasson has designed is a solar mobile phone charger called Little Sun Charge. What is so great about solar technology is that it takes the sun – which is for everybody – and makes it available to everybody, no matter where one is in the world. The sun nourishes, it connects and empowers. Using sunlight, Little Sun Charge directly connects people with each other through mobile phones. It is the aim of Little Sun to work tirelessly to make this solar technology available to as many people as possible.
With the Kickstarter campaign, which has already exceeded expectations in gaining response from supporters all over the world, the Little Sun Charge will go into production. At the same time it will also further Little Sun’s mission of bringing sustainable energy to all.