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by Debbie Lustig (subscribe)
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These books are part of an installation called 'Literature Versus Traffic', part of 'The Light in Winter' program in Federation Square. Each volume is fastened down and fitted with a tiny LED light. At night, the whole sculpture glows.

Spanish guerilla artists Luzinterruptus meant for this work to be beautiful and to raise ideas about reading. The written word is still, truly a 'light in the darkness'.

I paid a visit in the daytime and found the installation interesting and thought-provoking. People spontaneously chatted to one another; some expressing delight, others their concern that the books were out in the weather.

The notice reads: 'Please be respectful with this artistic installation. Do not move books. Do not stand on the books.'

The group of creators, which includes an artist and a photographer, used several thousand books donated by the Salvation Army.

They told a Fairfax journalist: 'We want to change the space . . . transform it into a place of calmness, relaxation and co-existence, lighting up thousands of books with subtle and intimate lights, that invites [you] to meditation and reading'.

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Why? Enlightening art that works in the daytime, too
When: June 2012
Where: Federation Square
Cost: Free
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