Saturday, June 7, 2014

Benches Shaped Like Books: London

How cool is this?

From Shoreditch:

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.

For information about the Agatha Christie Bench, go here. Mandii Pope, artist.


3 comments:

annoxford said...

And where will one of these go in your garden? ')

elysabeth said...

That would be so neat to see in the United States, in various towns and what not. So cool. Thanks for posting. E :)

Elysabeth Eldering
Author
FINALLY HOME, a Kelly Watson, YA, paranormal mystery

Luise in Cambridge said...

Inspiring idea. More than worth importing. Literacy in the U.S. needs all the help it can get!