“Literature versus traffic,”by luzinterruptus.
800 books alight, lit, on the streets below the Brooklyn Bridge. Many, many more photos here. Photos from installations in other cities here.
The artists write:
Literature won the battle again against New York traffic during the early hours on the 17th February under Brooklyn Bridge in Water St. in the gentrified Dumbo district which was free of cars then.
He have changed our original project in which we wanted to set up 2,000 books in a main avenue in Manhattan. But it was not possible as we didn´t find help with the licences and funding. In the end with 800 books and their corresponding lights we achieved a fabulous installation the way we like them to be – self-managed and aided by friends.
We have to say that our installation Literature versus traffic was possible thanks to Jorge Martín Vila who supplied us with all the material, found the right site and who let us stay in his house during the setting up, which lasted two days.
We don´t want to forget either Alan, who got us the books and the place for handling them. Thanks also to Kara and Alex who helped us all the time with their knowledge of the city and the transport system. We also would like to thank Craig Dykers who gave us all the moral and physical support on that cool night and provided us with drinks for withstanding such freezing weather.
The wonderful pictures were taken by Gustavo Sanabria who we could not do without in snowy New York.
We hope this first battle will be one of many which will be won against traffic.
Assembly time: 2 hours.
Exhibition time: 7 hours?