The group had previously visited a few other international cities from around the world. Some illegally, others with permits. Toronto was selected as a good choice because of its traffic problems.
Their message from five years ago says: “We 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.
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.
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.
Cars will eventually fill their space but for many of those who walked by this place that night, the memory of those books that took that same space will improve their relationship with these surroundings”.
They used 10,000 books on this occasion donated once again by the Salvation Army. Fifty volunteers worked for 12 days to set up the installation on Hagerman Street, in downtown Toronto.
Visitors could literally feel immersed in a flow of words and paper where they could dive and find treasures, sit down, take photos and enjoy brief reading moments so that they would be able to take small pieces of the installation away with them.
Thanks to Lola Martínez for taking the photos.
Time of installation: 12 days.
Exhibition time: 1 night.