Friday, November 4, 2011

The "Poetree" and Other Mysterious Sculptures

Since March of this year mysterious paper sculptures have been appearing in various public places in Edinburgh, Scotland, beginning with this one, "The Poetree".

There is an interesting site HERE that shows pictures of all seven. No one has taken credit for the paper carvings so far, and most people involved Don't Want To Know. The sculptures just suddenly appear in libraries or other public buildings. The original blog posting has been updated many times over the past several months as more sculptures show up around the city. The blog I have linked to has very up-close and detailed photos of all of the intricate little sculptures. It will be well worth your time to look at all of them.

What a wonderful, beautiful gift someone is sharing with this city. Each sculpture has a tag that is addressed to the Twitter address of the location where the sculpture was left, with a short message to the recipient. The tag on the Poetree above says:
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?)
Be sure to look at each of these and read the tags. They are unique and obviously crafted with much love by someone who loves books and words, and who is very supportive of libraries. One of the tags includes the line, "Libraries are Expansive", where the word was originally "Expensive", but the second "e" was struck out and an "a" written over it.

I think this is the most beautiful thing I've seen on the web!

My favorite? I think it would have to be the one left at The Scottish Storytelling Centre, the dragon in the nest below, mostly because I particularly love the tag:
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.....

Which is your favorite?



Because of the internet, libraries have lost alot of support. Our local one is shutdown one or two days during the week, in addition to the weekend. They are becoming less important in the landscape of our communities. So sad. That's what makes this a terrific story. What a sweet gesture. The artist is making a profound statement with each piece. My personal favorite was the TEACUP. I loved it. I live to read. Thanks for sharing.

Missie said...

Those paper sculptures are incredible! Have a good week.