London’s book benches: You are invited to relax on a classic literary work!
The literary traditions of London are rich. So is the tradition of needing a place to sit after hours of enduring the city’s crowded streets and busy transit system. The National Literacy Trust partnered with public art organization Wild in Art over the summer to bring those two fine traditions together–with the help of some of the U.K.’s more notable (and some not-yet-so) artists.
The result is the “BookBench,” a series of sculptures placed in 50 different locations around the city, that resemble paperback books with the front section folded over–a full-sized, functional bench that reminds passersby and potential sitters of the worlds to be found within the pages of a book.
The series spans the great historic London literary tradition–Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, George Orwell–and the contemporary–Monica Ali (Brick Lane), Nick Hornby (Fever Pitch), and Cressida Cowell How to Train Your Dragon, a fine reminder that literature (like art, and sitting) isn’t something relegated to the past.