Interactive Edinburgh Book Sculptures Gallery

When mysterious book sculptures began appearing in Edinburgh libraries, literary organisations and book festivals, the first thing people wanted to know was the identity of the artist. Her identity, however, remains a secret. These delicate sculptures celebrate the whopping power of Edinburgh’s literature. Our trail tells the story of each sculpture’s discovery and the incredible excitement which surrounded each find. Use this trail to visit the sculptures yourself, or if you’re not lucky enough to come to Edinburgh to see them up close, enjoy the virtual journey.

Gifted – The Tale of 10 Mysterious Book Sculptures

This beautiful book chronicles the discovery of the first ten paper sculptures in Edinburgh.

‘These paper works have moved us not only because of their exquisite and intelligent craft, their tribute to what we all 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 another realm.’

Robyn Marsack – Director, Scottish Poetry Library

Although nothing beats seeing the real thing up close, nor the joy of being in the right place at the right time when one is discovered, Gifted is a touching and fitting account of the discovery of the first 10 sculptures in Edinburgh, with beautiful photographs by Chris Scott.

Gifted went on tour in Scotland in 2012, assisted by the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust.

Meet the Anonymous Book Sculpture Artist.


The written content of this trail and photo selection are the copyright of Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust (EUCL). (c) Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust 2013. Images are the copyright of EUCL, with thanks to Chris Scott. The actual Edinburgh interactive trail concept and code belongs to Paul de Roo.