July 28, 2014

The old man and the sea - E. Hemingway (Chalkover 2014)
by Nicola Ferrarese tifacciounmurocosi on Tumblr

The old man and the sea - E. Hemingway (Chalkover 2014)

by Nicola Ferrarese tifacciounmurocosi on Tumblr

July 25, 2014

Patrick Gonzales

Patrick Gonzales

July 24, 2014

Malcolm T. Liepke’s reading women.

July 16, 2014

the tale about a little green forest dweller by Anna Oparina

the tale about a little green forest dweller by Anna Oparina

July 14, 2014

Tree of Love Book Sculpture by Malena Valcárcel
Etsy shop

Tree of Love Book Sculpture by Malena Valcárcel

Etsy shop

July 10, 2014

The Journey (1987) by Quint Buchholz

The Journey (1987) by Quint Buchholz

July 8, 2014

Mysterious Book Sculptures

Photographs and text by Chrisdonia.

One day in March, staff at the Scottish Poetry Library came across a wonderful creation, left anonymously on a table in the library. Carved from paper, mounted on a book and with a tag addressed to @byleaveswelive – the library’s Twitter account – reading:

It started with your name @byleaveswelive and became a tree.… … We know that a library is so much more than a building full of books… a book is so much more than pages full of words.… This is for you in support of libraries, books, words, ideas….. a gesture (poetic maybe?)

Next to the ‘poetree’ sat a paper egg lined with gold and a scatter of words which, when put together, make “A Trace of Wings” by Edwin Morgan.

Nobody knew where it came from, nor was anyone forthcoming with information in person or online, despite a fair amount of local news coverage.

It looked like this was a one-off, a beautiful and delicate piece of art created by a fan of the Poetry Library. Until, in late June, the National Library of Scotland found themselves the recipient of a similar piece.

A gramophone and a coffin, sculpted from a copy of Ian Rankin’s Exit Music, and again deposited anonymously. The tag in this case read:

For @natlibscot – A gift in support of libraries, books, words, ideas….. (& against their exit)

And soon afterwards, the Filmhouse had a pleasant surprise!

This time the sculpture is a complex scene in a paper cinema; punters arrayed on seats watching men and horses coming alive from the screen and charging outwards.

The tag?

For @filmhouse– A gift in support of libraries, books, words, ideas….. and all things *magic*

Amongst the audience is a figure with Ian Rankin’s face, clutching a Deuchar’s.

In early July the Scottish Storytelling Centre found a dragon nesting in a window.Once again carved from a Rankin novel, they don’t know how long it might have been sitting there unnoticed as it’s quite well hidden. Perhaps the loveliest tag so far:

For @scotstorycenter – A gift in support of libraries, books, works, ideas….. Once upon a time there was a book and in the book was a nest and in the nest was an egg and in the egg was a dragon and in the dragon was a story…..

28/08/11. Two more appeared at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

One, addressed to @edbookfest (the Book Festival), was left on one of the signing tables in the Bookshop. 

The tag on this reads:

To @edbookfest ‘A gift’ This is for you in support of libraries, books, words, ideas…… & festivals xx

It includes a teabag filled with cut out letters, on the tag of which are the words “by leaves we live”. The cup on the top has a swirl of words which read ” Nothing beats a nice cup of tea (or coffee) and a really good BOOK”, and on the ‘tray’ next to the cupcake it says “except maybe a cake as well”.

(to be continued…)

Read the complete story here.

Visit Chrisdonia’s flickr album to enjoy his amazing photographs of each book sculpture and its details.

Soon we’ll publish the next set of these mysterious sculptures.

You can find Chrisdonia: Web, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter.

July 7, 2014

Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Chalkover 2014)
by Nicola Ferrarese, tifacciounmurocosi on tumblr.

Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Chalkover 2014)

by Nicola Ferraresetifacciounmurocosi on tumblr.

July 4, 2014

Twenty Thousand Leagues under the sea - Jules Verne (Chalkover 2014)
by Nicola Ferrarese, tifacciounmurocosi on tumblr.

Twenty Thousand Leagues under the sea - Jules Verne (Chalkover 2014)

by Nicola Ferraresetifacciounmurocosi on tumblr.

July 3, 2014

The Great Gatsby - F.Scott Fitzgerald  (Chalkover 2014)
by Nicola Ferrarese, tifacciounmurocosi on tumblr.

The Great Gatsby - F.Scott Fitzgerald  (Chalkover 2014)

by Nicola Ferrarese, tifacciounmurocosi on tumblr.