Literature Vs Traffic is an ongoing project by Luzinterruptus, an anonymous group that carries out urban interventions in public spaces. For their latest installation the artistic collective turned one of Toronto’s busiest streets into a river of 10,000 glowing books, and as you can see from the pictures below, the result was pretty spectacular.
The installation was part of Nuit Blanche 2016, an art festival that takes place over the course of one sleepless night. The books were donated by the Salvation Army and over 50 volunteers worked over 12 days to fill the busy downtown Hagerman Street with a flowing river of illuminated books.
“Thus, a city area which is typically reserved for speed, pollution and noise, will become, for one night, a place for quietness, calm and coexistence illuminated by the vague, soft light coming out of the lighted pages,” said the artists on their website. “The books will be there for those who want to take them so the installation will recycle itself and will last as long as users want it there.” The installation only lasted around ten hours, but we’re sure it’ll be remembered for much, much longer.
Photographer: Robert X. Fogarty
Genre: Art, Current Events
Publisher: George A. Spiva Center for the Arts
Publication Date: 2013
Description: Dear World, From Joplin With Love, was a project sponsored by Spiva Center for the Arts and Freeman Health System. It was an art exhibit featuring photographs of Robert X. Fogarty of people who were affected by the Joplin tornado as well as first responders, volunteers, and city officials who expressed their feelings in a unique way. This book contains all of the photographs that he took as well as stories of many of the people.
I own a bookstore in Joplin, MO, and was approached by Spiva Center for the Arts to sell this book for them. Of course I had to check it out before I put it on the shelf for sale. The first couple of pages have some photos of the damage from the tornado as well as messages from the photographer, Robert X. Fogarty, the president and CEO of Freeman Health System, Paula F. Baker, and the Executive Director of Spiva Center for the Arts, Jo Mueller. They explain how the art exhibit and the book came to be.
There are also some survivor stories at the beginning of the book which are still heart-wrenching for me to read. I know it helps the survivors to tell their stories, and many people find them interesting to read, but it’s still difficult for me. The rest of the book is devoted to interesting photos of people who were involved with the tornado in some way, whether as survivors, volunteers, or workers. I found it inspiring to see the messages these people brought to the pages, and in such a unique way: written on their bodies with marker.
Dear World from Joplin with Love is an inspirational work of art. It gives all of us, whether affected by the tornado or not, messages of hope and examples of the human capability to carry on. You can find this book at on Amazon.
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They say “don’t judge a book by its cover” but we all do, don’t we? I’ve seen a lot of book covers over the years, some plain, some interesting, some inspiring. Andrew Lindstrom made a list of 45 book covers that inspired him. The one pictured above is my favorite.
Author: Wm. Henry Channing
Illustrator: Mary Engelbreit
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication Date: 1997
Description: Mary Engelbreit lovingly illustrates a radiant poem written by nineteenth-century clergyman William Henry Channing. The verse is a simple yet powerful one that lists the ways to live a virtuous life. Mary Engelbreit’s art perfectly accompanies the piece, inspiring us to think about a world where there is room for the real and the magical, the mundane and the unique, the practical and the spiritual. When Mary Engelbreit first read Channing’s poem, she fell in love with it, believing that its message was as significant in our time as it was in Channing’s. With clarity and simplicity, their work reveals the beauty to be found all around us if we’ll just stop long enough to see, hear, and appreciate the world–and follow our heart. Drawing on Channing’s poem for inspiration, Mary Engelbreit has composed her masterpiece, creating a keepsake for future generations.
Comments: There are such beautiful illustrations in this book that I wanted to share it. The poem is short and inspiring and the illustrations really bring it to life. The book is for sale here.