September 2, 2016

The Mysterious Book Sculptures of Edinburgh

Lost in a Good Book
National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

In 2011, intricate book sculptures started popping up all over Edinburgh, care of a mysterious and anonymous benefactor.  Like everyone else, I was captivated every time a new piece of art was found. 

This summer, I was walking down an Edinburgh street when I suddenly became in urgent need of a restroom and spied a library. "When in doubt, go to the library" - indeed, no truer words were spoken. I was about to go down the stairs when I passed by some glass cases in the lobby and literally stopped in my tracks. Peering closer at their contents, I was immediately enchanted, the need for relief completely forgotten.  I then remembered the wondrous saga from years ago, thanking the lucky gods that I was able to stumble upon these intricate, exquisite treasures.  

The sculptor is still anonymous (except to a few who have kept their lips sealed) but is obviously both a literature lover and an amazing artist. At some point, the sculptor revealed that she is a woman and wants to remain anonymous so that the focus is kept on libraries and reading.

My favorite - Lost (albeit in a good book)
Tea, Cake and a Book
National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

The sculptures are so detailed that one could spend hours just looking at each whimsical piece. Make sure to circle all the way around so as not to miss any delightful surprises.
Peter Pan
National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
Treasure Island
National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
Street Scene (Writers' Museum, Edinburgh) & Magnifying Glass (National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh)
Tam O'Shanter (National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh)
Tea, Cake and Book
National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

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