Last Saturday White Night Melbourne took over the city, turning the streets of Melbourne into a wonderland of art and fun. Over the course of 12 hours, we had over 20,000 visitors to the Library to enjoy magic.

The secret life of books transformed our La Trobe Reading Room into a world where tomes flew from their shelves and took viewers on journeys through the jungle, space and ocean. Described by The Age as an “enchanting ode to the magic of books,” it was a captivating experience for all.

The La Trobe Reading Room covered by jungle projections.

The secret life of books. Photo by James Braund.

As the La Trobe Reading Room took visitors on trips to new worlds, our facade became a canvas for some amazing artists. The top ten artworks from our #CreateArtHistory design competition with Redbubble, an independent art marketplace, came to life in a celebration of creativity.

Projections covering the State Library Victoria facade.

#CreateArtHistory. Photo by James Braund.

As the La Trobe Reading Room took visitors on trips to new worlds, our facade became a canvas for some amazing artists. The top ten artworks from our #CreateArtHistory design competition with Redbubble, an independent art marketplace, came to life for all of Melbourne to see in a celebration of creativity.

A parent and child looking at projections.

Enjoying #CreateArtHistory. Photo by James Braund.

Meanwhile, people expressed their own creativity in Cowen Gallery. Delivered in partnership with Redbubble, visitors created masterpieces with colouring and origami. Or they just kicked back on a beanbag to enjoy our artworks and books.

A man and a child read a children's book.

Reading Thelma the Unicorn in Cowen Gallery. Photo by James Braund.From sunset on 17 February to sunrise on 18 February, White Night Melbourne delivered stunning sights and immersive artworks. If you couldn’t make it into the city, there’s no reason to miss out: discover The secret life of books and #CreateArtHistory below.

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  1. What a marvel of technology! This year’s white night exceeded my expectations. It left me amazed how precise and real those image projections looked on the walls of the La Trobe reading room. Just fantastic!

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