London is giving a clever nod to its literary history with a new set of benches/public art displays around the country called ‘Books about Town’.
50 book-shaped benches have been painted to reference a well known book by a British author. There are some favourites – Dr Seuss, Agatha Christie, Terry Pratchett – some famous – Stephen Hawking, P L Travers, Geoffrey Chaucer – and some I plan to find out more about, like Monica Ali.
The project is a team-up between the National Literacy Trust and Wild In Art, who have done similar projects for the Taronga Zoo with rhinos in Sydney and for Bristol Children’s Hospital with Gromit Unleashed. I enjoyed what their artists did with Gromit Unleashed, so it’s exciting to see a similar project done with the books I love.