Classic books transform the streets of London

Books about Town launched in London today with 50 classic novels transformed into BookBench sculptures. The BookBenches feature stories linked to London and vary from children’s stories to classic adult titles. The BookBenches were decorated by professional illustrators and local artists and form various trails to explore.

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Ian Fleming’s James Bond stories. Artist: Freyja Dean. Image © Books about Town.

The idea was launched by the National Literacy Trust, an independent charity dedicated to raise literacy levels in the UK, in co-operation with Wild in Art, one of the UK’s leading producers of spectacular, mass-appeal public art events. Marking the occasion, the National Literacy Trust unveiled a new research revealing that children’s enjoyment of reading has increased for the first time in eight years.

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What child doesn’t like Paddington Bear – “Please Look After This Bear.” by Michael Bond. Artist: Michelle Heron. Image © Books about Town.

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The edge of reason? Helen Fielding got us laughing with “Bridget Jones’s Diary”. Artist: Paula Ruiz Bressell. Image © Books about Town.

The BookBenches can be enjoyed all over the capital this summer (2nd July – 15th September 2014) and will be sold at public auction on 7th October 2014 at an exclusive event at the Southbank Centre.

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Dystopian science-fiction novel “1984” by George Orwell. Artist: Thomas Dowdeswell. Image © Books about Town.

More information, pictures and maps of the trails can be found on www.booksabouttown.org.uk

And if you spot any, I would love to see some pictures.

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