10,000 books were used on this occasion, donated by the Salvation Army, to create this beautiful installation. LED lights were placed behind the pages of each book, illuminating the printed words. For one night, this loud busy street was transformed into a place for quietness and calm, illuminated by the soft light peering out from the pages. Through their Literature vs. Traffic installations, Luzinterruptus wants “literature to take over the streets and conquer public spaces, freely offering those passersby a traffic-free place which, for some hours, will succumb to the humble power of the written word.”
Those visiting the installation were welcome to take the books home with them. This allowed the installation to recycle itself. With the rise of electronic reading, printed books are beginning to disappear. This installation successfully enlightens and celebrates paper books, while addressing pedestrian needs within cities. This dream-like river of glowing books will definitely leave a lasting impression on those who had the chance to attend.