Books September 19
IMAGES OF THE DAY: Literature Versus Traffic


What happens to books after they're thrown away? For many, that's the end of the story. They end up in a landfill somewhere, unread and forgotten.

But this art project in Melbourne, Australia, found another use for unwanted books: stopping traffic.


For their installation 'Literature vs. Traffic,' Spanish art collective Luzinterruptus placed LED lights in 10,000 books and spread them over the streets of Melbourne as part of the Light In Winter festival, back in the chilly Australian days of June.


The books were collected by the Salvation Army after being thrown away by local libraries. It took about a month to light and lay them all down.

In a statement, Luzinterruptus said the installation was an attempt to take control of a public space "in which the traffic withdrew, yielding ground to the modest power of the written word."


When the project was finished, the public was invited to come and take any books they were interested in, so some of the unwanted books found a home. That's an art project with a happy ending.


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