REPORTER: Life just got a whole lot brighter for residents of the Norwegian town of Rjukan. Three giant mirrors erected on the mountainside capture the sun's rays and reflect them down onto the town square. Totaling 51 square meters, that's 55 square yards, the mirrors create a glow that's between 80 and 100 percent as bright as direct sunlight. The idea is the brainchild of artist and town resident, Martin Anderson.
MARTIN ANDERSON: "These three heliostats beam the sun down to the Rjukan square as a kind of a health project to promote the well-being of the people in the shade."
REPORTER: Rjukan is situated at the bottom of a narrow valley and during the winter, the roughly 3,000 inhabitants endure perpetual shade. Project manager for the sun mirrors Oystein Haugan, says they're not a new concept -- first proposed in 1913, they just never saw the light of day.
OYSTEIN HAUGAN: "We now have the sun down to the town square people are coming here, they're taking pictures, they're laughing and have a good time."
REPORTER: And basking in the glow of brighter winters.
If something sees the light of day it is published, brought out, or born. • I wonder if her book will ever see the light of day. In the report, there's an intentional pun when the reporter says that the original sun mirrors never saw the light of day.