Bookbenches for Books About Town

Colourful art amongst the city of London, for all to enjoy!

Around the World in Eighty Days Bookbench, created by Valerie Osment

Around the World in Eighty Days Bookbench, created by Valerie Osment

Having recently written an article for the New Zealand Times about Mandii Pope, a brilliant Kiwi artist, I decided to venture out one day after work to check out some of the amazing book benches that artists (including Mandii) have painted around London.

There are four trails of benches shaped as open books all around London. Each of the 50 benches is decorated in the theme of a book and will be auctioned off at the end of summer to raise funds for the National Literacy Trust’s work to raise literacy levels in the UK.

Having visited many of Wild in Art’s trails in the past (such as the mascots of 2012) I always enjoy strolling around London to seek out the works of art. It may sound a bit childish, but to me it not only inspires my creative side, it also shows me areas of London that I may never have seen before. The mascot hunting showed me so many new areas – it was fantastic!

Below are images from the Bloomsbury Bookbench Trail in London:

Around the World in Eighty Days Bookbench, created by Valerie Osment

Around the World in Eighty Days (back), created by Valerie Osment

Peter Pan, created by Sian Storey

Peter Pan, created by Sian Storey

Peter Pan (back), created by Sian Storey

Peter Pan (back), created by Sian Storey

Pride and Prejudice, created by Charlotte Brown

Pride and Prejudice, created by Charlotte Brown

Pride and Prejudice, created by Charlotte Brown

Pride and Prejudice (back), created by Charlotte Brown

Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly, created by Mandii Pope

Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly, created by Mandii Pope

Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly, created by Mandii Pope

Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly, created by Mandii Pope

The Importance of Being Earnest, created by Trevor Skempton

The Importance of Being Earnest, created by Trevor Skempton

The Importance of Being Earnest (back), created by Trevor Skempton

The Importance of Being Earnest (back), created by Trevor Skempton

James Bond Stories, created by Freyja Dean

James Bond Stories, created by Freyja Dean

James Bond Stories (back), created by Freyja Dean

James Bond Stories (back), created by Freyja Dean

Jeeves and Wooster Stories, created by Gordon Allum

Jeeves and Wooster Stories, created by Gordon Allum

Jeeves and Wooster Stories (back), created by Gordon Allum

Jeeves and Wooster Stories (back), created by Gordon Allum

Mrs Dalloway, created by Fiona and Neil Osborne

Mrs Dalloway, created by Fiona and Neil Osborne

Mrs Dalloway (back), created by Fiona and Neil Osborne

Mrs Dalloway (back), created by Fiona and Neil Osborne

Sherlock Holmes Stories, created by Valerie Osment

Sherlock Holmes Stories, created by Valerie Osment

Sherlock Holmes Stories (back), created by Valerie Osment

Sherlock Holmes Stories (back), created by Valerie Osment

The Day of the Triffids, created by Oliver Dean

The Day of the Triffids, created by Oliver Dean

The Day of the Triffids (back), created by Oliver Dean

The Day of the Triffids (back), created by Oliver Dean

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, created by Mandii Pope

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, created by Mandii Pope

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, created by Mandii Pope

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, created by Mandii Pope

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (back), created by Mandii Pope

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (back), created by Mandii Pope

1984 Bookbench

1984 Bookbench

Unfortunately, these benches aren’t meant for sitting on, which has resulted in some needing repairs, after hunting around for 10-15 minutes – walking in circles (looking like an idiot) I found this plaque:

Do you have a favourite bookbench?

 

If you would like to check out the book benches yourself, head over to http://www.booksabouttown.org.uk/ for more information.

If you would like to check out all the mascots I hunted out (there were a lot) head over to my flickr gallery here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ngaireackerley/sets/72157631462378284/

P.S. Wild in Art is even hoping to bring Giraffes to Christchurch, NZ! http://www.wildinart.co.uk/christchurch-stands-tall/2983

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