Little Sun 2017 | A Year in Pictures

Dear Friends of Little Sun,

While there is much to be concerned about today, there is also hope: for instance, thanks to recent innovations, solar power is becoming cheaper all the time, and this helps Little Sun spread clean and affordable energy to areas of the world without access to power.

This year we celebrated our five-year anniversary with the launch of our latest solar lamp, the Little Sun Diamond. I introduced it in Cape Town at Design Indaba in March, and it has been available online since September. It comes with a stand and will add a sparkle to many people’s lives.

2017 has been a year of renewal: we looked closely at our goal and on World Humanitarian Day, 19 August, established the Little Sun Foundation. We are expanding our approach to reach more of the 1.1 billion people without energy access. The foundation’s mission is to bring clean energy to school children to support their education (a solar lamp gives them one more hour every night to study) and the displaced people living off-grid in refugee camps all over the world.

In November, on the eve of COP23, Little Sun joined forces with a stellar collection of artists, musicians, and activists in New York at Pathway to Paris to urge policymakers and political leaders to join the fight for climate action. During the concert, I worked together with the audience of 2,800 people to create a collective work of art, a solar-powered sunrise.

Together we can achieve climate justice and energy access for all – the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal number 7. As an artist,
I believe in our collective power to co-produce reality, to turn thinking into doing, hope into action, and to change the world.


Olafur Eliasson
Founder of Little Sun


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Photo credit: Rikka Tupaz/IOM