Sunlight in your Pocket

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Little Sun, designed by renowned artist Olafur Eliasson in collaboration with Frederick Ottesen, is a sunburst-shaped solar-powered LED light that is already bringing electricity-free illumination to far corners of the globe. Little Sun debuted at the World Economic Forum in Africa in 2012 and was recently awarded MIT’s 2014 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts. The $100,000 cash prize will go towards producing the light, a 6 cm x 6 cm single cell mono-crystalline solar module that produces five hours of reading light for every four hours of sunlight it absorbs. Eliasson explains, “It offers a solution to energy inequality, of course — but it also ties us emotionally and physically to what energy means today.” Available at the MoMa Store.

Image via Little Sun

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.

 

Oh yes, the planet is sublime!

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I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
cups,
rings,
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
also
the
infinite-
ly
small–
thimbles,
spurs,
plates,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)

 

 

Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.

 

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