Tate Modern sheds light on solar power16th Jul 2012
The Tate Modern in London is no stranger to bizarre concepts and artwork - and the latest exhibit by Scandinavian artist Olafur Eliasson is no exception.
Not content with just letting visitors make their way around the Surrealist galleries, he has developed a torch that runs on solar power to give the experience some added flair.
The torch has been described as a portable eye and will be used during special Tate Blackout nights.
Aside from giving art-lovers something a little different to enjoy, Eliasson hopes that the project will show the plight of 1.6 billion people who currently live without electricity.
He reflected on his work: "An artwork is never just the object. It is also the experience and its contextual impact, how it is used and enjoyed, how it raises questions and changes ways of thinking and living."
The torch - which has been named the Little Sun - has been mass produced in China and will be sent out to developing countries around the world.
Small businesses have been given the chance to purchase the lamps at a heavily discounted price to ensure their benefits are as wide-reaching as possible.
Posted by Mike Peacock