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Art of darkness: black out at the Tate

Posted at 12:30 pm, July 28, 2012 in Arts & Entertainment
Olafur Eliasson: Little Sun at Tate Modern © Andy Paradise 2012

With the current weather putting a dampener on summer, you’re bound to hear many people saying that they’re missing the sun. The lack of natural light may be disappointing but what if you couldn’t use artificial lights once the sun went down? Icelandic born artist Olafur Eliasson has been thinking about the 1.6 billion people worldwide that do not have the privilege of mainline electricity. He has also been considering how different things feel when you’re plunged into darkness. To raise awareness of this global issue, Eliasson has developed a solar-powered lamp with engineer Frederik Ottesen and they’re bringing their Little Sun to the Tate Modern. For two hours on Saturday nights, Eliasson will be turning off the lights in the whole gallery so that visitors can experience the art using only the solar-powered Little Sun. Along with the 10pm-midnight experiential openings, there’ll also be an exhibition on solar energy from July 28 – September 23. Carly-Ann Clements

For info, see tate.org.uk.

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