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Left anonymously, they appear to be the work of one highly talented and generous artist.

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Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 03, Henni rated it it was amazing Shelves: , non-fiktion , feel-good. Bogen er gennemillustreret med billeder af skulpturerne der alle er meget detaljeret og med et twist til hvor de blev fundet. A brief description of the amazing book sculptures found in Edinburgh.

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I absolutely loved following this story in the press and visited the sculptures on public display last time I was in Edinburgh. This is just a small momento of that visit but includes some glorious photographs of the sculptures and some of the background to them. A lovely illustrated book which details the discovery of the series of anonymous book sculptures in Edinburgh, over a number on months in I've seen many of the sculptures and they really are beautiful and intricate.

It's good to have the collection photographed in detail and with the background to how and where each was discovered.


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Stunning and I love that the editor was able to get information from the donor who remains anonymous to include in the book. The idea is wonderful and the book sculptures are amazing. Apr 30, Jen rated it it was amazing. Two for two!

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Way to go Tom! I absolutely adore the idea of these sculptures being left to be discovered anonymously. In this day and age do I sound like a cranky old lady yet? Get off my lawn! Just had to give this a five-star rating, not only for the patience and skill of the sculptor, but for doing it in support of our libraries.

Didn't always get the poetry stuff, but that's not my thing anyway. I just love books. Even ripped up, cut and made into another form. A beautiful book describing the series of book-based paper sculptures created anonymously and left in various literary venues across Edinburgh and subsequently Scotland. As well as being an act of artistic grace it was also a profound political statement in the face of austerity-based cuts to education, libraries and the arts. I may be A beautiful book describing the series of book-based paper sculptures created anonymously and left in various literary venues across Edinburgh and subsequently Scotland.

Oct 05, Diane Warrington rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy , non-fiction , picture-graphic-novel , poetry , favourites , books-about-books. Utterly brillisn't.

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Every bureaucrat who wants to shut a library, however small, every moronic dictator who wants to burn books should be made to read this. I think I will have to buy my own copy because this is such an important book that should be on every library shelf. And then read every 6 months. Absolutely recommended. A host of other literary references appear in each work.

The message is always deftly layered, and the artist clearly not only knows her local literature intimately, but enjoys playing with visual and text puns. The works have something serious to say too. A note accompanying the final work in the series revealed the identity of the artist as a woman, and a subsequent statement from the artist unassumingly explained her intentions for the project: a woman, who had been a girl, whose life would have been less rich had she been unable to wander freely into libraries, art galleries and museums.

A woman who, now all grown, still wants access to these places and yes, wants them for her children…. A book was published by Polygon to accompany the tour, and tell the story in more detail. Logistics for the exhibition tour and publication required some contact, but it has always been important to everyone involved that the mystery remains intact: this is far too fine a story to spoil.

The anonymity of the works has been a vital ingredient of its attraction as a story, something the live encounter with the works makes all the more pressing — who can it be that has the time, the spatial genius, the skill, the fingers to pull off such intricately crafted gestures? Between August and November the Gifted exhibition has visited five venues across Scotland, involving 12 installations and pack-downs, any number of events and workshops, and miles and miles of winding Scottish roads.

The sculptures on tour were accompanied by their ten hefty display plinths, by exhibition banners, books and print material, and other boxes containing various tool kits, paint for plinth touch-ups, handling gloves, spirit levels, and all the hundreds of other minuscule things you need to take an exhibition on the road. A conservator came too, checking the light levels and conditions at each venue were the best possible for their preservation. An entourage: it was hard not to see the quiet, anonymously gifted sculptures as tiny paper rock-stars on tour.

The works have been the central characters in a story involving countless others, each visitor supporting what libraries and publicly accessible cultural institutions do. The two-week exhibition will be a final opportunity for Edinburgh to see these works together before they are returned to their home institutions.

Everyone at the Scottish Poetry Library will be thrilled and relieved in equal measure to have their own sculptures back for good — the Poetree which started the whole story back in spring and the Cap and Gloves, the final in the series.