Literature Versus Traffic
by Luzinterruptus

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Literature Versus Traffic by Luzinterruptus

Spanish lighting designers Luzinterruptus scattered 10,000 glowing books across the ground at Federation Square in Melbourne this summer for a lighting festival dedicated to reading.

Literature Versus Traffic by Luzinterruptus

Entitled Literature Versus Traffic, the installation was designed to resemble a river that winds along the pavements and roads of the busy public square.

Literature Versus Traffic by Luzinterruptus

The designers sourced the discarded books from local libraries and placed LED lights behind the pages of each one to illuminate the printed words.

Literature Versus Traffic by Luzinterruptus

Over the course of the month they were also able to gradually move the books into different configurations.

Literature Versus Traffic by Luzinterruptus

On the final day visitors were invited to choose a few to take home, while others were donated to passing drivers through open car windows.

Literature Versus Traffic by Luzinterruptus

"The objective was to create a symbolic gesture in which literature took control of the streets and became the conquerer of the public space," explained one the anonymous artists.

Literature Versus Traffic by Luzinterruptus

The installation remained in place throughout June for the Light in Winter lighting festival. Reading was the theme, so the organisers had asked Luzinterruptus to create a scaled-up version of a similar installation they had completed in New York.

Literature Versus Traffic by Luzinterruptus

Other temporary lighting projects by Luzinterruptus include skips filled with glowing carrier bags and illuminated nipples stuck to statues.

Literature Versus Traffic by Luzinterruptus

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Literature Versus Traffic by Luzinterruptus

  • Greenish

    This is lovely, really caught my imagination. I would absolutely love to see it in person. Great photos too.

  • Anna

    Note on the first paragraph: that would be winter, it's the southern hemisphere.