A street in Toronto covered with 10,000 books (pictures)

Literature vs. Traffic in Toronto - picture 7

Luzinterruptus art group brings their jaw-dropping interactive book installation to Toronto.

You’ve probably seen these images already: books shining in the dark, filling entire streets, bringing calmness and magic to the hectic urban scenery.

These were pictures of book installations carried by an anonymous art group Luzinterruptus.

First performances, in Madrid and New York, were illegal, but the one in Melbourne, and now in Toronto, got all the permits.

The project is called “Literature vs. Traffic.” The group picks up a street or city area typically associated with noise, pollution, and traffic jams, and turns it into a place of quietness.

We want literature to take over the streets and conquer public spaces, giving passersby a traffic-free space for some time, and let them succumb to the humble power of the written word.

The Toronto “Literature vs. Traffic” installation was a part of Nuit Blanche Toronto 2016 and took place on September 30, 2016, on Hagerman Street, near Toronto City Hall.

The street was filled with over 10,000 books. They were donated by Salvation Army. It took the team of volunteers as much as twelve days to install little lights inside the books that made them magically glow in the dark.

“Literature vs. Traffic” installation in Toronto

Literature vs. Traffic in Toronto - picture 1

Literature vs. Traffic in Toronto - picture 2

Literature vs. Traffic in Toronto - picture 3

Literature vs. Traffic in Toronto - picture 4

Literature vs. Traffic in Toronto - picture 5

Literature vs. Traffic in Toronto - picture 6

Literature vs. Traffic in Toronto - picture 7

Literature vs. Traffic in Toronto - picture 8

Via Design Taxi.

More to explore:

Tips and tricks

The 2017 Apple iPad 9.7-inch

The 2017 iPad models – tech specs, comparisons, pics, and more

Apple has already released one of the planned 2017 tablets: the mid-range iPad 9.7. We’ll still have to wait for the iPad Pro 10.5.

Library Extension for Chrome lets find library books as you browse for them on Amazon

Chrome extension finds matching library books while you browse Amazon, Goodreads

Library Extension for Chrome lets you instantly see print or digital book availability from your local library. So, you’ve found an interesting…

Gift ideas

Best Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet 7 (2016) case covers

11 Nook Tablet 7 (2016) cases for different needs and tastes

Best examples of case covers for Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet 7 (2016) – both original and third-party.

Best gifts for Kobo owners

7 best gift ideas for the Kobo user in your life

Here are some ideas to let you pick the perfect gift for someone who is addicted to reading Kobo books.

Best 50

50 most awesome posters that encourage to read

50 awesome posters that encourage to read

A list of most awesome read posters from Etsy, Zazzle, Redbubble, Society6 and AllPosters. For all needs and tastes.

Best Kindle case covers, sleeves, and accessories

50 best Kindle cases and accessories to buy in 2017

Find the best Kindle cases and accessories in one frequently updated list. It includes items not only from Amazon, but also Etsy, Caseable, eBay, and other sites.

Let's connect

Share a comment

If you want to discuss the topic or ask a question, please share this post on social media. Make sure to mention us!

You can also contact us directly. Find more details here.

Get free updates via email

Powered by MailChimp
You'll receive email digests on Fridays at 2pm GMT / 10am EST.