Literature vs. Traffic
Ten thousand books discarded by public libraries were repurposed by Spanish art collective Luzinterruptus into a glowing river of words flowing into the street. Called Literature vs. Traffic, the massive installation for Melbourne’s Light in Winter festival saw a stream of LED-lit books bring a cozy tranquil vibe to the city’s Federation Square. The Salvation Army donated the books, and visitors were invited to take them home on the final night of the installation.
Luzinterruptus described Literature vs. Traffic as an attempt to create “a river of books overflowing into the physical pedestrian spaces and installing itself in the space allocated to cars…a symbolic gesture in which literature took control of the streets and became the conqueror of the public space, offering the citizens, a space (not as big as we would have liked) in which the traffic withdrew yielding ground to the modest power of the written word.”