Litre of Light, My Shelter Foundation, Mick Stephenson, Lumiere Durham 2013, Produced by Artichoke. Photo by Matthew Andrews.
Installation, Participatory

Litre of LightMy Shelter Foundation | Mick Stephenson (UK)

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What do you get when you add sunshine to an old plastic bottle filled with water and chlorine?

Thanks to Alfred Moser and a group of students from MIT at Harvard, you get a 55-watt solar bulb that refracts sunlight.  It’s powerful enough to light up a home but also environmentally friendly, inexpensive, and easy to make.

The Litre of Light project began in the Philippines with one bottle light. Eventually, the movement has grown brightening up 28,000 homes and improving the lives of 70,000 people in Metro Manila alone. You’ll also find the technology in India, Indonesia, and beyond.  

As part of Lumiere Durham 2013, Artichoke ran workshops with children from 21 local primary schools across County Durham to raise awareness of communities across the world that are living without lights in their homes.  They also learnt how to make a light bulb out of a plastic bottle. These were in turn used as part of the installation at Lumiere designed and made by local artist and builder Mick Stephenson.

Members of the public also took part in workshops in the library nearby where they could make their own bottle bulb in exchange for a donation to the charity.

Mick Stephenson has created other installations for LumiereFusion for Lumiere Durham 2009, Litre of Light at Lumiere Durham 2015 and Litre of Light at Lumiere London 2016.

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