Mystery Book Sculptures go on display at National Library of Scotland

Art, Scotland

• Sculpture above based on the Robert Burns poem Tam O’Shanter, this sculpture was found in the Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway.

Five paper sculptures that were inspired by classic Scottish stories and made by a mystery artist are now on display in Edinburgh.  The pieces were originally left in secret locations around Scotland are now together for the first time.  The creations whose maker still remains a mystery, is the same sculptor who caused great intrigue in 2011 with a series of the mysterious paper artworks discovered in various locations.


• Made out of the novel ‘Lanark’ by Alasdair Gray. The sculpture was first found in the Glasgow School of Art Library

The National Library of Scotland received one of these, based on Edinburgh author, Ian Rankin’s book ‘Exit Music’, which is now on permanent display in its foyer. To mark the beginning of Book Week Scotland, five other sculptors have joined it at the National Library and they will all remain there for a year.


• Compton Mackenzie’s Whisky Galore was the inspiration for the sulpture found in the Am Politician pub on the Isle of Eriskay

Martyn Wade, National Library of Scotland librarian, said: “The story of these mysterious sculptures has received worldwide media attention and fascinated people across different continents.

“We are delighted to be able to display the five Book Week Scotland sculptures along with the one that was given to the library. They are works of art in themselves and well worth seeing.”

JM Barrie's Peter Pan

• J M Barrie’s Peter Pan was the booked used for the work found at the writer’s birthplace in Kirriemuir.

The Scottish Book Trust, which organises Book Week Scotland, is loaning the sculptures to the library until next November.

Marc Lambert, Scottish Book Trust’s chief executive, said: “During last year’s Book Week Scotland we generated a lot of excitement around the sculptures by creating a national treasure hunt, with people racing across the country to be the first to discover the sculpture of the day.


• The last of the five was inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island which turned up at the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick.

“National Library of Scotland has had the great idea of bringing all the different sculptures together in one exhibition, and now everyone can see the beautiful works of art that we hope encouraged more people to read.

“There are similarly exciting things happening during Book Week Scotland 2013, including the unveiling of major new art installations around the country, so check our website and get involved.”

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• Reverse of the novel ‘Lanark’ by Alasdair Gray sculpture

Visitors to National Library of Scotland will see the works of art displayed with rare editions of the books which inspired them.

The Sculptures can be viewed at:
National Library of Scotland
George IV Bridge
United Kingdom

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 10.00-20.00
Saturday: 10.00-17.00
Sunday: 14.00-17.00 (closed on 1 December)

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