Luzinterruptus, Literature vs. Traffic, art installation, interactive installation, Toronto, Nuit Blanche, Canada, temporary installation, recycled art, green design

This large, interactive art installation is created by group of anonymous artists/activists who “want 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.”

Luzinterruptus, Literature vs. Traffic, art installation, interactive installation, Toronto, Nuit Blanche, Canada, temporary installation, recycled art, green design

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The team has previously carried out the installation illegally in New York and Madrid, received official permission to appear in Melbourne, and has recently visited Toronto during Nuit Blanche Toronto, an annual, city-wide celebration of contemporary art. For this occasion, the group has used 10,000 books donated by the Salvation Army and worked for 12 days alongside 50 volunteers to replace cars with books on Hagerman Street, downtown Toronto.

Luzinterruptus, Literature vs. Traffic, art installation, interactive installation, Toronto, Nuit Blanche, Canada, temporary installation, recycled art, green design

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The artwork was open to the public for one night, during which visitors could immerse themselves in a literal flow of words and paper illuminated by soft lighting coming from the pages. They would sit down to read, take photos and eventually take pieces of the installation home. It took 10 hours for the installation to self-dismantle.

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