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Ahead of his appearance at this year’s Design Indaba Conference, inconic Danish-Icelandish artist Olafur Eliasson will be answering your questions and responding to comments in a live Twitter Q&A from 9 to 10pm South African standard time on Thursday 16 February.
According to Artsy, Eliasson is one of the most influential living artists. His large-scale installations are known for their singular and graceful approach to climate change, one of the key issues of our time. From The Weather Project, which Artsy describes as “a now-seminal installation which transported a glowing, sun-like orb into Tate’s Turbine Hall, filling the massive space with transcendent light”, to Eliasson’s 2015 Paris COP21 melting icebergs, his work has become increasingly political and focusses on the interaction of natural forces and humans, often harnessing the power of nature itself.
In 2012, Eliasson launched Little Sun, a global project that brings clean, affordable energy to some of the 1.1 billion people worldwide who have no access to the grid. The project launched at London’s Tate Modern, almost 10 years after Eliasson’s vast sun had lit the space. The Little Suns themselves are portable, artist-designed solar lights that transform the life of the user.
“We are all connected by the sun,” says Eliasson. We're hoping to start a conversation around solar energy and it's integration into the mainstream.