Sunlight Graffiti (Artwork: Olafur Eliasson)
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Sunlight Graffiti (Artwork: Olafur Eliasson)

The Guardian


Artist Olafur Eliasson on his 2019 Guardian climate crisis cover; “My cover is a drawing made from sunlight. It’s generated by a Little Sun lantern, a portable, solar-powered lamp in the shape of a sunflower that my studio launched in 2012. We wanted to help people living without electricity, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa. Every lamp replaces one that uses paraffin or petroleum, and we’ve already distributed 600,000. That’s a lot of unused oil. To create the work, I set a camera to a long exposure, turned off other lights and danced with the lantern. It’s a visual record of my movement. This ties in with my show at Tate Modern in London, where Little Sun will be part of the exhibition. As an artist, I’m curious about how we turn data – hard facts – about the climate emergency into something tangible. Data doesn’t deal in feelings or emotions, and we need those to engage people, to encourage them to act. Art and culture can give language to things that are hard to articulate. Data is often rooted in fear, whereas art is positive – it can inspire us.” Issue 29/06/2019


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