Tate Blackouts Lit With "Little Sun"

Jul 13, 2012

By Michael Kramer

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Scandinavian artist  Olafur Eliasson  is returning to London’s Tate Modern  Gallery with a new project that will create temporary blackouts inside the contemporary art  venue.

 “Little Sun”  will be featured  as part of the Cultural Olympiad festival.

On Saturdays  between July 28 and  September  23, the Tate will stage an after-hours blackout  in  its Surrealist galleries.

Visitors will use  powerful hand-held lights shaped like sunflowers to view the Tate  artwork.

The plastic, solar-powered, flower-shaped lanterns sell for $26  Cdn but entry to the exhibit is  free.

The lights were designed to deliver an ecological lighting alternative to kerosene lamps – for people worldwide who have no  electricity.

The money will fund the production of Little Sun lights for those in developing countries and entrepreneurs who sell the lamps.

In 2003, Eliasson’s “The Weather Project” created a fake sun inside the Tate’s cavernous Turbine Hall using a combination of lamps and  mirrors.  For about  six months, the  installation attracted more than two million visitors, many of whom opted to stretch out on the floor to soak in the faux sunlight.

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