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Little Sun makes its way to Reykjavik

By Matt Eliason

  • Ólafur Elíasson is using a Kiosk in Reykjavik to help promote his new project, Little Sun. Photo/Stéfan Karlsson

Danish-Icelandic artist Ólafur Elíasson has a self-described, “obsession” with light. He believes this fascination stems from his childhood memories of growing up in Iceland’s winters where there is no sunlight for months at a time.

Ólafur has harnessed his obsession with light into a profession, and with the help of his friend, solar engineer Frederik Ottesen, the two have created a revolutionary work of art called the Little Sun. The Little Sun is a solar-powered LED light that provides clean, reliable, affordable light to 1.6 billion people worldwide without access to electricity.

Now, the Little Sun has made its way to Reykjavik. According to, Ólafsson has requested to promote the Little Sun in a Kiosk in the middle of Reykjavik. The world-famous artist is hoping to secure the location for over a month, which has been approved by the Development Office, but is pending confirmation from the city council.

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