Little SunCulture

“Engaging with art can make the world felt.  And this felt feeling spurs thinking, connection, and even action.”

— Olafur Eliasson, artist and founder of Little Sun

Art and culture hold great potential to move us. A painting can bring us joy, a song can lift us up, a film can connect us to new characters and stories. An encounter with a work of art is a deeply human experience, both personal and universal.

We see artists constantly searching for new and unconventional paradigms, challenging old belief systems. Artists give voice to untold stories, encouraging us to identify with one another. They can broaden the idea of what constitutes we, motivating us to question what is possible.  

We believe that in order to create a world that thrives, we must urgently shift our perspective and turn conversations often centred around fear and data, into conversations that center on feeling and hope for all.

That’s why we’re investing in new culture programs, engaging artists and creative voices to craft new narratives that guide humanity to a better future. We want to change the narrative about renewable energy and climate action, to create new spaces that inspire and ignite the imagination.

Our culture programs encourage us all to feel what it is to be human. To dream big and move together to create the world we want.

Fast Forward: Five Artists Share Their Dreams For a Regenerative World

Have you ever imagined what it would look like to have tackled climate change, and created a thriving, balanced world? At Little Sun, we believe that’s where artists come in, to help us bring about what’s possible by giving us the inspiration and hope we need to create something better.

As part of our culture program, we commissioned five artists from Ethiopia, Senegal, and the United States—some of the regions in which we operate—to explore what a more sustainable and just future looks like.

After many months of research, conversations, and filming, we are delighted to present you Fast Forward, a series of short films exploring artists’ dreams for a regenerative world. Featuring over 300 global voices, the short films were made by artists Ezra Wube, Ghost of a Dream, Naod Lemma, Jessica Segall, and Selly Raby Kane.

“Little Sun’s Fast Forward film series offers a vital new space for artists to reimagine the future.”

— Olafur Eliasson, artist and founder of Little Sun

Reach for the Sun: Ten Steps to Creating a Solar Powered World

Visit Diana Ejaita’s studio, the artist behind #ReachForTheSun.

We are grasping for solutions to the causes and consequences of the climate crisis. And yet a solution is visible to us all the time, every day. We see it every time we look out of the window in the morning, when we go to a beach, or take a walk. Introducing, the sun.

Reach for the Sun is a new campaign produced by Little Sun, illustrated by Diana Ejaita and supported by the IKEA Foundation; designed to inspire, inform and activate those concerned by climate change from artists to organisations and activists alike.

“Let’s reach for the sun, and take the power of the future into our own hands. Bringing solar energy to everyone is simple: it starts with you.”
— Olafur Eliasson

The Little Sun solar lamp and symbol, based on the Ethiopian Adey Abeba flower, a national symbol of positivity and beauty, resonates with people on an emotional level – it communicates a universal message of hope and connectivity. It also allows people to hold the power of the sun in their hand and imagine a better future.   

We use this symbol in innovative ways around the world to ignite global conversation about the future of our planet and to tap into a vast network of artists and cultural institutions to inspire people around climate action.