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Literary benches in London, to promote reading in the street

In the summer of 2014 in London have been installed open book shaped benches decorated by local artists and illustrators. Let’s discover them all!

When artistic creativity and literary quality come together, the result is assured. Waiting for the new project of the National Literary Trust - cultural non-profit association founded in 1993 with the aim of improving the cultural level in the most disadvantaged areas of the UK - we want to offer you one of their most creative and successful initiatives: the Book Benches.

The Project

In the summer of 2014, in collaboration with Wild in Art - one of England's most creative producers - have been created and subsequently installed in London 50 open-book-shaped benches decorated by professional illustrators and artists. The project was completed in October of the same year with a charity auction at the Southbank Centre in which the benches were sold to raise funds for the National Literary Trust.

Literary Benches

Each bench is a literary work of the major English and world authors together to develop a cultural journey whose landmark lead to the discovery of the importance of the literary capital. Have been created four different paths according to the affected areas: Bloomsbury Trial, City Trial, Greenwich Trial and Riverside Trial.

Here are the 50 benches and the works they represent. 

The Wind in the Willows
Rest Your Stalks
Shelock Holmes Stories
War House
The Time Machine
Shakespeare's London
Samuel Pepys' Diary
The Railway Children
Pride and Prejudice
Peter Pan
On the Origin of Species
Always try to be a little kinder than is necessary
Usborne's That's not my... Bench
Please Look After This Bear. Thank You.
Noughts and Crosses
Mrs Dalloway
Mary Poppins
Through the Looking Glass
Girl Engrossed
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Katie in London
The Laura Marlin Mysteries
James Bond Stories
The Jungle Book
The World's Biggest Flipbook
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Great Expectations
Jeeves and Wooster Stories
Jacqueline Wilson
Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly
Fever Pitch
Elmer the Elephant
How to Train Your Dragon
Dr Seuss
From the Gruffalo to Scarecrows: The World of Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson
Dickens in Liverpool
Samuel Johnson's Wild World
Sit here at your own risk
The Librarian
Frozen in Time
Bridget Jones's Diary
Clarice Bean
The Canterbury Tales
Alex Rider
Nineteen Eighty-Four
We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Brick Lane
Around the World in Eighty Days
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack

Did you see this benches in London? What other interesting or strange open-air designs did you encountered during your travel? As always I wait for your comments below!