Can Olafur Eliasson’s Solar-Powered Phone Charger Make the World a Greener Place?
Danish artist Olafur Eliasson has launched a kickstarter campaign to gain funding for a portable, solar-powered phone charger. At the time of writing, with 31 days still left to go, the campaign has already raised more than €92,000—nearly double the targeted €50,000.
The device known as Little Sun Charge is described as “a high performance solar phone charger and light.” The charger was designed by the artist himself and engineered by Frederik Ottesen.
In a statement on the device’s kickstarter page, the artist said “Our actions have consequences for the world. Little Sun is a wedge that opens up the urgent discussion about bringing sustainable energy to all from the perspective of art; to raise awareness about energy access, and the sequel distribution of energy today.”
The sun is of course a central theme to the artist’s practice. In 2003, Eliasson created the iconic The Weather Project installation at the Tate Modern in London.
Contributors can look forward to a range of interesting incentives such as “the undying love” of the artist’s parrot for a contribution of only €2. On the other end of the scale, backers who donate €7,000 can look forward to a lunch invitation with Eliasson at his Berlin studio.
Eliasson concludes “I believe that art can change the world by making an issue as urgent as energy access not just understandable for the mind but also physically tangible. This experience can lead us to recognize our interconnectivity, what we have in common, and it moves us to act.”
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