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  • George Orwell's 1984 BookBench
    George Orwell's 1984 BookBench
  • The Wind in the Willows BookBench
    The Wind in the Willows BookBench
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    The Wind in the Willows BookBench Back

Meredith C. | November 30, 2015

Have a seat on a good book!

This summer, the city of London, England is undergoing a public art project that celebrates literature through art. Books about Town, a sculpture trail run by the organization Wild in Art and the UK charity National Literacy Trust, is placing BookBenches—sculptures resembling the shape of an open book—around London. International and local artists will paint each bench to represent a classic piece of literature that has connections to the city, and will include stories such as The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, and George Orwell’s 1984, among many others.

The Books about Town benches will be on display across the city of London for ten weeks, from July to September 2014. After the project is over, the BookBenches will be auctioned off in support of the National Literacy Trust’s initiatives to improve lives through improving literacy.

To learn more about how this project plans to spread the love of reading with its city-wide trail of book sculptures, check out this article from The Guardian.