This summer, benches shaped like open books will pop up all over the
capital [London] for children, families and visitors to find and enjoy. ‘Books
about Town’ launched by the National Literacy Trust and Wild in Art
brings a unique opportunity for the public to view 50 bench sculptures
across the city, created by both local artists and famous names, to
celebrate London’s literary heritage and reading for enjoyment.
The BookBenches feature stories linked to London and are based on a
range of books from treasured children’s stories such asThe Lion, the
Witch and the Wardrobe and Peter Pan to classic adult titles including
1984 and The Day of the Triffids. Well-loved literary heroes such as
Sherlock Holmes, James Bond and Hercules Poirot also appear on benches
which visitors can discover by following literary trails around London
from 4 July until mid-September.
Books about Town builds on the legacy of the Olympic mascots in
London in 2012 and is set to become a major tourist attraction for the
city over the summer. After the exhibition, the BookBenches will be
auctioned to raise valuable funds for the National Literacy Trust to
tackle low literacy levels in deprived communities across the UK.