Charity, Design

Yellow Part Two

Olafur Eliasson The Weather Project 2003
Ólafur Elíasson, The Weather Project, 2003; installation view, Tate Modern, London, 2003; photo by Andrew Dunkley & Markus Leith

This is a continuation of Yellow Part One.

My latest obsession with the colour yellow continues in Netflix’ latest season of Abstract: The Art of Design. This series dives deep into the creative process of well, creative people. Episode one features Icelandic-Danish artist Ólafur Elíasson. Elíasson is a joy to watch; his immersive installations mesmerize, even from the perspective of my tiny tv. Their massive scale and innovation must be astonishing to witness in person. Imagine my delight to see the sunny yellow colour play a central figure in some of Eliasson’s most famous work. About halfway through the yellow sunflower pops back into my consciousness and onto the screen – and as Eliasson’s second arc – with Little Sun.

Olafur Eliasson Little Sun
Ólafur Elíasson with his design, Little Sun, photo by Tomas Gislason

Little Sun started with an Eliasson and his team’s idea to bring affordable, clean energy solutions to the 1.2 billion people in the world who don’t have access to an electrical grid. It became a social business spreading clean, affordable solar energy around the globe. It’s a work of art that works in life.

This high quality, portable solar lamp is the perfect accessory for the garden, patio and weekend camping trip. But adorable practicality isn’t why I really love it. For every Little Sun sold, one goes to their partners in rural Africa, where they train local sales agents and bring solar energy to those who need it most. Unfortunately, supporting this social enterprise from Canada is challenging – the website only ships to the U.S. and the only local retailer listed is the Royal Ontario Museum, who claims to never have stocked the item in the first place. I’d like to buy Little Suns for friends and family this Christmas, so I’ll keep you posted of my search.