This past summer our favorite Spanish street art collective Luzinterruptus visited Melbourne, Australia and made a lasting impression with the reprise of their installation called “Literature vs. Traffic”. The work, which they previously offered in New York City, incorporated more than 10,000 discarded library books. At the end of the nine-day event, the books were offered to passerbys and motorists.
The objective of the piece?
“…a river of books overflowing into the physical pedestrian spaces and installed itself in the space allocated to cars, stealing precious space to dense traffic in the area, in a symbolic gesture in which literature took control of the streets and became the conquerer of the pblic space…in which traffic withdrew yielding ground to the modest power of the written word.”