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A River Of 10,000 Books Flood The Streets Of Toronto
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A River Of 10,000 Books Flood The Streets Of Toronto

Literature Vs Traffic is an ongoing project by Luzinterruptus, an anonymous group that carries out urban interventions in public spaces. For their latest installation the artistic collective turned one of Toronto’s busiest streets into a river of 10,000 glowing books, and as you can see from the pictures below, the result was pretty spectacular.

The installation was part of Nuit Blanche 2016, an art festival that takes place over the course of one sleepless night. The books were donated by the Salvation Army and over 50 volunteers worked over 12 days to fill the busy downtown Hagerman Street with a flowing river of illuminated books.

“Thus, a city area which is typically reserved for speed, pollution and noise, will become, for one night, a place for quietness, calm and coexistence illuminated by the vague, soft light coming out of the lighted pages,” said the artists on their website. “The books will be there for those who want to take them so the installation will recycle itself and will last as long as users want it there.” The installation only lasted around ten hours, but we’re sure it’ll be remembered for much, much longer.

More info: Luzinterruptus | Facebook (h/t: mymodernmet)

Watch the installation slowly disappear in the video below:

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chocolander
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

what are they doing to the poor books which will be trampled by people walking down the streets?

Lorraine
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The books are getting stepped all over :(

Sir. Steve
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wait I don't quite understand, what are they trying to say by doing this?

Heather Cox
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think something to do with trying to eliminate noise and pollution. All this did was divert traffic to jam up other streets. I can't see this being very popular with the majority of the locals, especially those that often use that street. That's a huge amount of books that are mostly not going to be read or taken. There are libraries people can go to if they want to read a book for free and have some quiet time.

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chocolander
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

what are they doing to the poor books which will be trampled by people walking down the streets?

Lorraine
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The books are getting stepped all over :(

Sir. Steve
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wait I don't quite understand, what are they trying to say by doing this?

Heather Cox
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think something to do with trying to eliminate noise and pollution. All this did was divert traffic to jam up other streets. I can't see this being very popular with the majority of the locals, especially those that often use that street. That's a huge amount of books that are mostly not going to be read or taken. There are libraries people can go to if they want to read a book for free and have some quiet time.

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