It’s not often that you see books that look like this:

Next to the 'poetree' sat a paper egg lined with gold and a scatter of words which, when put together, make "A Trace of Wings" by Edwin Morgan. Photo Credit

Someone has been leaving beautifully intricate sculptures at Edinburgh, Scotland libraries and museums. The first popped up at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh, and since then The National Library of Scotland, and so on and so on, until most recently The Writer’s Museum found their own little sculpture.

The tag on this reads: To @edbookfest 'A gift' This is for you in support of libraries, books, words, ideas...... & festivals xx. Photo Credit

All are crafted from books – depicting everything from a tree to a bird to a dinosaur. Cards left with the sculptures refer to the pieces or art as “gift” to “In support of libraries, books, words, ideas and those places that house our treasures……” And no one has yet to come forward to claim the art as their own.

The pieces are mysterious and very clever.

The sculpture left at the National Library of Scotland depicted a gramophone seated above a coffin – it was all carved into a copy of Ian Rankin’s “Exit Music”. Get it? Get it?

A gramophone and a coffin, sculpted from a copy of Ian Rankin's Exit Music, and again deposited anonymously. The tag in this case read: For @natlibscot - A gift in support of libraries, books, words, ideas..... (& against their exit). Photo Credit

In a note, the artist reveals that she’s a woman, that after ten sculptures she’s completed this project, and that the pieces are gifts to “special places”. I’m curious if the libraries and museums lucky enough to get a book sculpture will keep theirs on display or auction them off.

These pieces are BEAUTIFUL – I’d love to own one. And this mystery project combines so many things I adore:

1. creativity
2. supporting wonderful institutions
3. beautiful art
4. books!

Check out to see some really amazing photos of the pieces.