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These Literature-Inspired Benches Are Unbelievable

I love it when people do creative things with classic literature.

That’s why I love sharing this stuff with you guys. Whether it’s Litographs (who design shirts with the text of classic books), or The Snake and Fawn (who makes pendants out of famous authors’ handwriting), I love seeing this kind of creative effort poured into exposing literature to more people.

Here’s another great example. Over in London, the National Literacy Trust has teamed with an organization called Wild at Art to create 50 public benches that give the impression of a folded paperback book. Each bench is dedicated to a different novel with roots in London, like 1984, Mary Poppins, Great Expectations and The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.

These are the coolest, most beautiful benches ever, and artists like Rae Smith, Charlotte Brown and Ralph Steadman created them.

If you live in London, consider yourself lucky, and look for these benches over the next few months before they go to auction in October.

Here are some incredible examples of these book benches:

Great Expectations

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The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

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Peter Pan

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1984

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Mary Poppins

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You can see all the book benches here.

Source: Fast Co. 

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22 Comments Post a comment
  1. I too wrote a blog post about BookBenches. It’s a wonderful campaign, isn’t it? Wish I could be in London this summer. My favourite is 1984, what’s yours?.

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    July 14, 2014
  2. Aren’t they stunning? I love Mary Poppins.

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    July 14, 2014
  3. These are so beautiful and so creative!

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    July 14, 2014
  4. I love the Mary Poppins bench–need to go check out the others.

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    July 14, 2014
  5. Beautiful. I would love to see one in our local park 🙂

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    July 14, 2014
  6. Wow really Artistic

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    July 14, 2014
  7. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.

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    July 14, 2014
  8. I heard about these on Books on the Nightstand, but forgot to go check them out. They all really are stunning!

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    July 14, 2014
  9. Mary Popiins one is the best by far!

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    July 14, 2014
  10. I live in London! I’m going to find these!

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    July 14, 2014
  11. Reblogged this on Books for the Trees and commented:
    These are beautiful! I’m off on a hunt to find them….

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    July 14, 2014
  12. I spent the weekend chasing these down! We got them all except 1984 and Canterbury Tales which have been removed 😦 I’m going to go back in a couple of weeks and see if they’ve been returned! My favourites were War Horse and The Railway Children (which also happen to be two of my favourite books).

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    July 14, 2014
  13. These are so…beautiful. Great way to infuse life with art and especially reading! I should visit these spots in London one day (although the internet would say otherwise…)

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    July 14, 2014
  14. Oh so creative!!

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    July 14, 2014
  15. I live in Greenwich, London and have already found Charles Darwin and Samuel Pepys – they really are making the city more colourful!

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    July 14, 2014
  16. These benches are super creative and just plain fun!

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    July 14, 2014
  17. Guess a Hamlet bench would depress everybody who sits on it, an Alice in Wonderland would make them think they were having ’60s flashbacks. The scary thing is what would a “Metamorphosis” bench do to the sitter?

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    July 14, 2014
  18. Kathy K #

    This made me so happy; I love anything literature-inspired!

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    July 14, 2014
  19. Reblogged this on ALEPH2.0 and commented:
    Genial

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    July 16, 2014
  20. Zareen Muzaffar #

    Reblogged this on Zareenm's Weblog and commented:
    Gorgeous!

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    July 18, 2014

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