As part of Book Week Scotland 2013, a permanent art installation was revealed at Bonnybridge Library on Friday 29 November.
Created by graffiti artist Rogue-One, the image depicts famous book characters magically appearing from book pages surrounding the inspirational statement: 'A book is a conversation, a riot, a place of silence. Are you listening?'
The statement was collectively written by authors Angus Peter Campbell, Alan Bissett, Liz Lochead, James Robertson and Vivian French, who were commissioned by the Scottish Book Trust to create a message that captured the value of reading, to be incorporated into the mural.
Throughout Book Week Scotland 2013 five public art installations by different artists will be unveiled daily in five communities across the country. Each art installation will carry a different statement from the authors which has been creatively interpreted by the artist and local community.
The artworks have been developed in consultation with local communities to ensure that the lasting legacy to inspire more reading will be a welcome addition to the area.
Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, the organisation delivering Book Week Scotland, said:
“These murals were commissioned in celebration of Book Week Scotland and are intended to reflect the importance and vibrancy of the role that reading, writing and books play in Scottish life and culture. They give a strong message about the value of libraries in local communities, a message which we hope will be heeded by those who seek to close down these hubs of culture, wisdom and imagination.”
Naomi Kenny, Bonnybridge Librarian stated:
“Falkirk Community Trust is delighted to have been chosen to be part of this national programme and it is a great opportunity for Bonnybridge Library. I have been working closely with the artist and have involved the local community in developing images and ideas for the mural. I have received a lot of positive feedback and contributions from local people and have genuinely been overwhelmed at the excitement that this project has generated in a community which values and takes pride in their library. Rogue-One’s mural is a thrilling representation of the deep regard with which reading, books and libraries are held.”
Moira Methven, interim Chief Executive, Scottish Library and Information Council, said:
"The art murals are an illustration of the world of enjoyment that is opened up by libraries, books and reading. We hope they attract attention and draw people into their local library to have a look around. Some people may not have been to their local library for a while and Book Week Scotland is an ideal time to make a visit, when there will be events and activities for children and adults.
"Libraries are at the heart of communities and are a welcoming, sociable and inspiring place to be. Libraries hold a world of imagination and enjoyment for people of all ages. I would encourage everyone to visit their local library during Book Week Scotland, pick out a new book and get excited about reading."
During Book Week Scotland over 300,000 books were given away and there were 450 events for people to enjoy.
Initiated by the Scottish Government and supported, along with a Readers in Residence programme in libraries, by £250,000 from Creative Scotland, Book Week Scotland is delivered by Scottish Book Trust. Book Week Scotland in libraries is funded by The Scottish Library and Information Council.
Tuesday, 31st December 2013