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ISBN:
9781846974526
Categories
Art & Photography
Imprint
Polygon
Publication Date
09 January 2018
Format
Hardback
Status
Not Yet Published
Publisher
Birlinn Ltd
Extent
96
Illustrations
Colour throughout

Gifted

The Tale of 10 Mysterious Book Sculptures Gifted to the City of Words and Ideas

‘As symbols of love for libraries go, cutting up books wouldn’t be most readers’ first thought. But the delicate paper sculptures that have been left anonymously in recent months around Edinburgh’s cultural institutions have been enchanting’ – The Guardian

‘It is an extraordinary thing that someone has done these beautiful things for absolutely nothing other than pleasure and interest and enthusiasm and love for places and books’ – Lilias Fraser, Scottish Poetry Library

One day in March 2011 staff at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh noticed a wonderful paper sculpture left on a table. Carved from paper and mounted on a book, it bore a tag expressing support for the Library’s work. From then until November 2011 nine more mysterious paper sculptures appeared in arts venues throughout Edinburgh, including the National Library of Scotland, the Filmhouse cinema, the National Museum of Scotland and the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Left anonymously, they appear to be the work of one highly talented and generous artist. In a farewell note, the artist identified herself as a woman and an artist/artisan, and she announced that the project had ended.