Books about Town

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’.

A bench painted with an early scene from C S Lewis's The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

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 TraversGeoffrey Chaucer – and some I plan to find out more about, like Monica Ali.

A bench showing an artistic impression of a wormhole with scientific and chronological notation

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.

A bench showing the Librarian from Terry Pratchett's Discworld series


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