Between 2nd July and 15thSeptember, London is displaying 50 book bench sculptures around the capital for their ‘Books about Town’ exhibition. Designed by local artist, and showcasing some of our favourite stories, the benches are shaped to look like open books and are dotted all over the city for everybody to enjoy. The book titles on display range from children’s stories, like Peter Pan, and Paddington Bear, to classic titles, such as Pride and Prejudice, and Around the World in Eighty Days.
Some of my favourite bench designs include Dr Seuss, Elmer the Elephant, Sherlock Holmes, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Lion the witch and the wardrobe, The Time Machine, Through the Looking Glass, and We’re going on a bear hunt. There are trail maps on their website so that you can find the stories you’re looking for, and if you take a photo of yourself at a bench and pop it up on Twitter with the hashtag #thatsnotmy then you could win 15 books of your own.
There are a few special events to coincide with the exhibition as well. If you find yourself at the Sherlock Holmes bench on the 19th July, look out for a mass gathering of Sherlocks, as they will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for largest group of Sherlocks. And on the 26th July, at Agatha Christies Hercule Poirot bench, you could meet Poirot himself.