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Edinburgh’s Mysterious Literary Paper Sculptures

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Mysterious and elaborate paper sculptures have been popping up in locations around Edinburgh’s literary scene for months, and Central Stn user chrisdonia has documented the awesomeness for all to see. As of yet, nobody seems to know the identity of the artist who is gifting these works to libraries, theaters, and literary spaces across the city, but I can’t imagine a more charming and marvelous thing to come across during a routine wander through the stacks!
Each sculpture was made using book pages and covers, and each has a note attached with the twitter handle of the place where the sculpture was left, the words “A gift in support of libraries, books, words, ideas,” and sometimes a more personalized piece of prose describing importance of the location.
More photos of these wonderful sculptures can be found in the Paper Sculptures set on chrisdonia’s Flickr.
For additional book sculpture goodness, check out the work by these talented artists:
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6 thoughts on “Edinburgh’s Mysterious Literary Paper Sculptures

  1. Gigi says:

    This is so wonderful. Whoever it is has a great talent.

  2. Adrienne Biggs on Twitter @AdrienneBiggs says:

    Simply gorgeous. Creator, reveal yourself please! With admiration from the San Francisco Bay Area,

  3. MariaS Handmade Love says:

    We were in Edinburgh this past summer and boy I wish these had been there then! Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!!!

  4. Laura Eastwood says:


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    this is really pretty.

  6. Blue Coaster33 says:

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Haley Pierson-Cox from Red-Handled Scissors is a maker of crafts, a lover of cats, an avid swearing enthusiast, a cross-stitch book author, and a general purveyor of quirk. She's also sometimes an irritable cartoon named Tiny Cranky Haley.

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