Public Art Project in London Turns Benches Into Books


By Dianna Dilworth Comment

Wind in the Willows bench for NLTJ.M Barrie’s Peter Pan to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein are among books that will be given a new life in London next year. The Literacy Trust in Britain is working on a public art project that will bring books to London in an new and innovative way: as public benches.

The project is called Books about Town. Artists have been asked to adapt famous books into benches which will be placed throughout the city in July 2014. The “BookBenches” project is designed to encourage reading. Here is more about the project from the Literacy Trust’s website:

The benches, shaped as open books, will be unveiled in various locations across the capital from next July 2014 and visitors will have the chance to discover them by following literary trails around London.

(Via The Guardian).