The Solar Panel Art Series

A project by The Beam

SPAS spreads awareness on sustainability while raising funds to help Little Sun Foundation provide clean energy to school children living off the grid in Rwanda
The Solar Panel Art Series (SPAS) aligns science and art, creating a platform where renewable energy meets artistic creativity. We invite a selection of internation artists to employ used solar panels as an artistic medium. The resulting bespoke artworks are exhibited in major cities around the world, to bring attention to climate change and global energy poverty, and subsequently sold online in a benefit auction on Paddle8, with proceeds going to the Olafur Eliasson's Little Sun Foundation "Solar Kids School Program", a solar project that provides clear, safe and sustainable light and phone charging to school children and their teachers in Rwanda. These kids live beyond the energy grid and rely on dangerous, polluting and expensive kerosene or candles for their lighting.

The project would like to highlight the potential where art, technology and nature can co-exist. and provide an alternative and simpler language to communicate the predominantly complex narrative on sustainability and climate change. In doing so it hopes to make participation in collective action towards our global responsibility in achieving the SDG goals, an agenda more accessible to everyones participation, and not just the select few scientists and interested stakeholders.

In 2018 The Solar Panel Art Series launched a successful NYC Edition with support from Urban-X. In 2019 those Editions are also brought to Seoul and Tokyo, and again to New York.

About the Organization /Team

Abou Aboughazala
Works for The Beam magazine which is a tri-annual publication covering energy transitions toward zero carbon economies and climate-related topics. He moved to Berlin three years ago to do his master's degree in sustainability management. Supported by The Beam Magazines graphic design, Dimitris, editor and chief Anne Sophie, communication manager Michelle, and previously Caroline Sor they are the team behind this initiative and The Beam Magazine.
Project CategoryCreative
Realated SDGs
1 No Poverty 4 Quality Education 7 Affordable & Clean Energy 10 Reduced Inequalities 11 Sustainable Cities & Communities 13 Climate Action 17 Partnerships for the Goals