Jul 13, 2012
By Michael Kramer
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.