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Miniature mysterious marvels

Miniature mysterious marvels

Posted on: Friday 12th October 2012



Team Glidden just can't resist a good story combining Edinburgh, mystery, intrigue, romance, the printed word and scalpels!


The mystery started in March last year when staff at the Poetry Library in Edinburgh discovered an intricately crafted paper sculpture of a tree sitting on a book left in the library with a cryptic note from the mystery artist.

Edinburgh Poetry Library miniature book sculpture

Two more followed in June - A copy of Ian Rankin's 'Exit Music' crafted into a gramophone and coffin was left in the National Library of Scotland, whilst the Filmhouse received a sculpture of a cinema screen with figures bursting forth.

National Library of Scotland miniature book sculpture  Edinburgh Filmhouse miniature book sculpture

In July, a dragon sitting inside an egg was found on a window ledge in the Scottish Storytelling Centre,

Scottish Storytelling Centre miniature book sculpture

whilst two more were found in August, which proved to be the most prolific month. The Edinburgh International Festival received two - a cup of tea complete with teacake and a figure emerging from a book.

Edinburgh International Festival miniature book sculpture

Edinburgh International Festival miniature book sculpture

The Central Lending Library received the third of the month - a magnifying glass on a book.

Edinburgh Central Lending Library miniature book sculpture

After a two-month gap, November saw the  staff at the Poetry Library discover what the message tag claimed to be the last of the ten - two separate sculptures of a hat and gloves made of feathers. The mystery deepened, however, since only eight had been found to date.

Edinburgh Poetry Library miniature book sculpture

Later in the month two museums announced that they too had discovered miniature sculptures - The National Museum of Scotland and The Writer's Museum, making up the ten.

Edinburgh Writer's Museum miniature book sculpture

Ian Rankin is claimed to be the only writer who knows the identity of the mysterious artist . . .

The miniature marvels are currently on tour in an exhibition called 'Gifted: The Edinburgh Book Sculptures' Check it out . . .

Mitchell Library, Glasgow. Tues 9 Oct – Sat 27 Oct

Carnegie Library, Dunfermline. Tues 30 Oct – Sun 18 Nov

Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh. Sat 24 Nov – Sat 8 Dec


Comments (1)

These are great, a kind of middle class literary unsubversive Banksy
david campbell

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