London’s Book Benches


This summer, the streets of London have been filled with 50 book-shaped benches, celebrating a range of books from classics to modern favorites. Launched by the National Literary Trust and Wild in Art, the “Books About Town” project has placed 50 Book Bench sculptures around the capital, from Greenwich to Hyde Park, to celebrate books and reading.

Artists who have designed the benches include The Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. Ralph Steadman has reproduced illustrations from his designs for Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, and Lauren Child and Cressida Cowell have each created a bench based on their series, “Clarice Bean and How to Train Your Dragon.” Other benches feature Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, Mary Poppins, Hercule Poirot and the works of Dr Seuss. On 7th October, the benches will be auctioned at the Southbank Centre to raise funds for the NLT.


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