This Street Was Flooded With 10,000 Books

That's one sea I'd gladly drown in.
PHOTO: Instagram/manu.ela.lav

For one night last month, a Toronto street was taken over by a river of 10,000 glowing books—literature that you're going to want to dive into, in other words:

While this might sound like some bookworm’s fever dream, it’s actually the work of Luzinterruptus, an group of anonymous artists from Spain, who installed it as part of the Nuit Blanche Toronto 2016 art festival.

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It took Luzinterruptus and 50 volunteers 12 days to put together the installation that they called Literature vs Traffic—they spent that time carefully placing the glowing lights you see here amid the 10,000 books (all of which were donated by the Salvation Army).

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On Oct. 1, they shut down Hagerman Street in downtown Toronto, placed all the books and welcomed pedestrians into the installation to sit down and read, take photos, and even to take some reading home with them. It took 10 hours for the piece to be dismantled by the book-loving crowd, with only a few books left on the street by dawn.

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"We want literature to take over the streets and conquer public spaces, freely offering passers-by [a] traffic-free place which, for some hours, will succumb to the humble power of the written word,” Luzinterruptus wrote on their website.

“Cars will fill eventually their space but for many of those who walked by this place that night, the memory of those books that took [over the] space will improve their relationship with these surroundings.”

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From the looks of it, everybody loved it.

"Excuse me, just going to take quick nap on this bed of books."

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That's pure joy right there.


This article originally appeared on Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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