I love singing the praises of using “alternative” energy. I love efficiency and clever use of natural resources. And, of course, I love gadgets. So, when my eyes fell on this “Solar Lampion” I was immediately fascinated. Damian O’Sullivan is a Dutch designer who makes all sorts of artistic furniture and household objects. Now, I think we’ve all seen various sorts of gadgets using solar power. Some of them are practical, some are toys, some are very silly. But I think this is the first time I’ve seen one that’s a work of art.
To make this Lampion Mr. O’Sullivan took 36 solar panels and arranged them into something inspired from Japanese origami. While the look is beautiful, the guts hold a rechargeable battery and each solar panel powers an LED bulb. Leave it outside while the sun makes its way across the sky. At the end of the day you have a lamp to light your way in and out of your domain. You’ll be walking around like Diogenes.
A talented and Emmy-winning digital special effects technician by trade, Cecilia has also made her mark over the years as a writer in video editing magazines. Her CV includes HBO’s "From the Earth to the Moon" and SciFi Channel’s "Frank Herbert's Dune" and "Children of Dune". The most recent Visual Effects work was done for an online film: "Eye of the Bennu". This project was notable for being the first film made entirely by people only communicating over the Internet. No one has ever actually met in person. A virtual film made by virtual people. Cecilia is currently making props for a short film project about a violent monk. Hmm.