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Edinburgh's mysterious Book Sculptures on tour!

Date Posted:

(31 July 2012)

We're delighted to be joining forces with the Scottish Poetry Library to send Edinburgh's mysterious Book Sculptures on a national tour

All ten sculptures will be displayed in public together for the first time as libraries (and the Wigtown Book Festival) around the country will exhibit these celebrations of the written word. The tour, supported by Creative Scotland, begins on August 17th and will take in Aberdeen, Dundee, Wigtown, Glasgow and Dunfermline before returning to Edinburgh on the 24th November ahead of Book Week Scotland.

The creator of the sculptures remains a mystery and each of the pieces came with a unique message that included the line 'in support of libraries, books, words, ideas....'. Now the recipients have come together to 're-gift' the sculptures to a wider Scottish audience. Scottish Poetry Library Director Robyn Marsack said:

'These book sculptures have moved us not only because of their exquisite and intelligent craft, their tribute to what all of the recipient organisations try to nurture and share, but also because they are the purest of gifts, unrequested and anonymous. They remind us that we are a community that can dream, and nudge the impossible into the actual: a cap of feathers, a glove of bees’ fur.'

Between March and November 2011, 10 intricate book sculptures were found at various well known institutions across Edinburgh (full story here!). Photographed as they were found by Edinburgh based photographer Chris Scott they became a social media sensation. News and images of sculptures were hosted on over 100 different blogs and news sites as the act of generosity has captured the imagination of millions around the world. Now a series of venues will get to host the sculptures as part of a Scottish tour supported by Creative Scotland.

This tour will coincide with the publication of a luscious gift book centring on the sculptures, published by Birlinn, and to be launched on the works’ return to Edinburgh in November 2012, and will be enhanced with a series of events in each location, celebrating the artworks and encouraging audiences to explore their purpose and inspiration.

The full tour details of GiftED: The Edinburgh Book Sculptures on Tour 2012 are:

Aberdeen Central Library: Friday 17 August – Thursday 6 September
Dundee Central Library: Friday 7 September – Tuesday 25 September
Wigtown Book Festival: The Studio: Friday 28 September – Sunday 7 October
Mitchell Library, Glasgow: Tuesday 9 October – Saturday 27 October
Dunfermline Carnegie Library: Tuesday 30 October – Sunday 18 November
Scottish Poetry Library: Saturday 24 November – Saturday 8 December

To find out more about the exhibition please visit: www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk

Followers on twitter can use the hashtag #GiftEDtour.