A series of 50 benches shaped like open books and painted to represent major works of literature are appearing all over London in the National Literacy Trust’s Books About Town project
The scheme is a partnership with Wild in Art and will run all summer. The 50 illustrated benches reference works including classics such as 1984, Great Expectations and The Time Machne as well as more contemporary titles and children’s books.
1984 bench by Thomas Dowdeswell
Dr Seuss bench by Theodor Seuss Geisel and Jane Headford
Fever Pitch bench by Sophie Green
Each one will be situated in an area with a connection to that title. Maps to follow BookbenchTrails around particular areas of the city cane be downloaded here.
Once the project has finished, the benches will be sold at a public auction on October 7 to benefit the National Literacy Trust, which is dedicated to raising the literacy levels of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. Details here.
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy bench by Deven Bhurke
The World’s Biggest Flipbook bench by Jeremy Banks
Girl Engrossed/Adrian Mole bench by Andrea Joseph
Noughts and Crosses bench by Oliver Dean
The Time Machine bench by Di Ralston
War Horse bench by Gerard Strong using illustrations by Rae Smith
Wisden Almanack bench by Trevor Skempton
The full list is here