Little Sun by Artist Olafur Eliasson
Social enterprise that produces solar
powered LED lamps and chargers that provide clean, affordable light and power
to communities without access to electric distribution networks. Founded 2012
by artist Olafur Eliasson, known for his installations which exploit visual
perception of light and light effects, and the engineer Frederik Ottesen. Little
Sun products are distributed in over ten African countries including Zimbabwe,
Ethiopia, Senegal, and Ghana. They are also sold in Europe, Canada, Australia,
Japan and the US to consumers who pay a premium that is offset by the social
credit that their contribution gains in reducing cost for these countries.
An Artistic Experiment in New Zealand
Paul Bradley transformed Rostrevor Street into a public space open to people and closed to cars. Sections of Rostrevor and Ward streets in central Hamilton, New Zealand was closed or partially closed to vehicles as part of Waka Kotahi’s Innovating Streets Project. Hamilton City Council received $902,000 from an agency to determine if the area was safer and more appealing to people after the Innovating Streets project.
Council removed car parks, closed the road, and created a people-friendly zone where kids could skateboard or scooter and others can hang out in the park.