“Cut Out The Darkness” – When art turns light into a delight
It’s always heartwarming to see what great illustrations can do apart from being beautiful. In this project called “Cut Out The Darkness” by Panasonic, great artwork is employed to bring joy and hope to people in off-grid communities.“About 1.3 billion people have no access to electricity worldwide. Many live in the developing countries of Asia and Africa, and face health and economic difficulties. The need for safe and healthy light sources in these regions is immense and Panasonic’s solar lantern can bring significant changes for their better living.”
Artists could donate paper cut designs and Panasonic would hold a vote to select designs for production. After that, they would bring the lantern shades together with the solar lanterns to areas without electricity. Panasonic’s goal is donating 100,000 lanterns by 2018 – the company’s centennial.
Amongst public submissions, Panasonic has 11 paper cut artists cooperate in designing unique lantern shades. Check out their sophisticated techniques and beautiful work below, together with more than 200 designs being produced for the first two donations in Indonesia. Also pay attention to how the children’s eyes light up at the light shining out from the lanterns. Sheer magic there.“Small Forest In Me” by Hina Aoyama “Creatures” by Anna Howarth “Kirigametria” by Elod Beregszaszi “City Lights” by Bovey Lee “Nocturnal Flight” by Elaine Penwell “Love Peace Light” by Julene Harrison “Allure Of Light” by Kako Ueda “Sea Of Fog” by Mayuko Fujino “Botanical Brightness” by Jonathan Chapman “Ocean Deep” by Sarah Dennis “Transformation Point” by Xin Song
First donation: Sumba Island, Indonesia.
Second donation: Sone village in Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia.