Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg plays home to the studio and experimental lab of renowned Danish-Icelandic artist, Olafur Eliasson, the latest to receive the Freunde Von Freunden treatment. Best known for his wildly popular "Weather Project" installed in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall, part of an impressive body of work concerned with the natural world and its relationship with man, Eliasson's current project should come as no surprise to those who have followed his career. "Little Sun" channel's his efforts into a more altruistic cause, designing and manufacturing solar products with the aim of providing affordable light and energy to third world nations: "The art world – as socially aspirational as it can be – can also be highly utopian and disconnected from reality. I wanted to see if I could also use my creativity outside of the conventional art world." Retaining a conceptual core; "when I say "Little Sun" is a work of art, it’s also because I know it makes it more valid," Eliasson uses his sprawling 5,000 square metre space as HQ for this social venture and a base for his ongoing private projects. For Olafur Eliasson, blurring the lines between the personal and the philanthropic is a creative exercise in itself.
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