Someone has been leaving mysterious miniature paper sculptures in various locations in Scotland.
They seem to all be tied to Scottish author Ian Rankin, twitter, and the magic of the written word.
The first sculpture showed up at the Scottish Poetry Library in March. The librarians found a tree growing out of a book
, with a note addressed to their twitter feed, @byleaveswelive
, saying "this is for you in support of libraries, books, words and ideas." (Audio of the librarians describing the sculpture on the Guardian article is fantastic.)
Then in late June more sculptures started appearing. The National Library of Scotland
received a sculpture of a gramaphone and coffin. The sculpture was created out of a hardback copy of Ian Rankin's Exit Music. That same week, staff at the Filmhouse Cinema
found a miniature cinema cut from the pages of several books, and featuring a model of Ian Rankin in the audience drinking a Deuchars beer.
Both have similar notes, addressed to their respective twitter addresses.
Another sculpture appeared at the Scottish Storytelling Centre
, in a room dedicated to Robert Louis Stevenson. This one, a nesting dragon carved from another Ian Rankin book, Knots and Crosses,
has a longer note, saying, "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."
Scotland on Sunday has some guesses about who the mysterious artist might be,
but most people are content to enjoy the mystery. To libraries, books, words, and ideas!