July 8, 2014

Book-shaped benches bring literature to the streets of London

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A new partnership between the UK’s National Literacy Trust and the public arts organization Wild in Art aims to brighten up British streets with colorful illustrations inspired by classics of British literature.

Books About Town exhibits the talents of fifty local artists, who have designed benches with subjects ranging from The Canterbury Tales to Fever Pitch and everything in between. On the accompanying website, book lovers can find maps for walking tours to explore the history of literary London, and throughout the summer, the benches will be host to giveaways, contests, and events, including an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the greatest number of people dressed as Sherlock Holmes.

At the end of the summer, all fifty sculptures will be auctioned off to raise money for the National Literacy Trust.

Below, check out a slideshow of some of the many beautiful illustrations created for the event.

Christopher King is the former Art Director of Melville House.

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