For its latest installation, Madrid-based collective Luzinterruptus ventured to Melbourne to create a ‘river of books.’
Each of the 10,000 books were illuminated by small lights, creating a ‘a cozy, human intimate space which encouraged reading and tranquility.’ The books were donated by the Salvation Army for the public art project that transformed Federation Square.
The artists say their goal was to overtake the traffic-filled public space to form a pedestrian-only area for a few hours. ‘It’s a symbolic gesture in which literature took control of the streets and became the conqueror of the public space, offering the citizens a space in which traffic withdrew yielding ground to the modest power of the written word,’ they explain.
This is the second Literature vs. Traffic project created by Luzinterruptus; in 2012 they used 800 illuminated books to cover Water Street in New York City, stopping traffic and allowing only pedestrians.
In both cases, urban spaces ‘conventionally reserved for speed, pollution and noise – for a few hours – became places of peacefulness, relaxation and coexistence.’
Click here to see more public intervention projects by Luzinterruptus.