A public art project invites you to have a seat on outsized versions of tomes linked to the city.
The streets of London have transformed into a book lover’s paradise thanks to a new public art project that celebrates the city’s rich literary heritage.
“Books about Town," a collaboration between the U.K.’s National Literacy Trust and public art organization Wild in Art, officially launched last week, scattering 50 unique “BookBench” sculptures all over the city.
Cleverly shaped like an open book, each BookBench offers residents and visitors an inspired spot to take a breather this summer—and maybe even crack a book there. Designed by professional illustrators and local artists, the benches represent well-known books and stories associated with London—from children’s favorites like Peter Pan and The Wind in the Willows to popular adult titles like Great Expectations and Bridget Jones’s Diary.
The project website also offers detailed background on each bench, artist profiles, and trail maps for tracking down BookBenches and other cultural sites. All of the BookBenches will be auctioned off to the public in October.
Here’s a look at some BookBenches now hanging around London.