Alexis M Waide

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Phantom library visitor

Libraries and museums around the city of Edinburgh, Scotland received artwork from a mysterious and anonymous visitor over the course of the past year.

I came across this story via The Library as Incubator Project today and it’s pretty amazing.  This unknown person deposited a series of ten sculptures constructed from books (a majority from Ian Rankin books, an Edinburgh mystery author) at places like the Scottish Poetry Library, the National Museum of Scotland, the Scottish Storytelling Center, and the National Library of Scotland.

The sculptures themselves are exquisite – literary references and jokes, amazing detail – but the notes with left with the sculptures are just as exquisite.  Each note was specific to the location where the sculpture was placed and was addressed to the Twitter account of the institution.  Whoever this artist is clearly loves the libraries and museums of Edinburgh and libraries in general since all the notes included this line: “A gift in support of libraries, books, words, ideas…”  Check out this Flickr photo gallery from Chris Donia; his photos of the sculptures are as beautiful as the sculptures themselves.

This whole story had me a little teary-eyed.  It’s great to have a masked crusader of sorts, creating book art and sharing their love for these cultural institutions.  I’m sure sure it’s also brought some great publicity to these places and I would imagine more visitors.  Well done, Library Phantom!

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