Mysterious book sculpture pays tribute to the late Iain Banks

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EDINBURGH’S ANONYMOUS book sculptor has paid tribute to the late Iain Banks in their latest delivery to the city’s International Book Festival.

Excited crowds gathered in Charlotte Square yesterday (sat) afternoon having been tipped off by a series of messages on Twitter.

And they were not left disappointed when 30 mysterious blue packages arrived – each containing a beautifully handcrafted bird cage made from book pages.


A crow in tribute to the late author Iain Banks

A crow in tribute to the late author Iain Banks


Each cage contained a little bird and had a handwritten label providing instructions as to where  to set them free.

But one cage had a slightly more poignant meaning, housing a crow to celebrate the late Scottish author Iain Banks.

The much loved writer, who penned “The Crow Road” in 1992, sadly lost his two month battle with gallbladder cancer in June this year.

A handwritten message to the late author

A handwritten message to the late author


And in another mark of celebrations for the much loved author, the award winning screen series of The Crow Road will be show at the Filmhouse Cinema today (sun).

Several types of birds, including a heron and egret, were gifted by the anonymous artist, who has caused quite a stir with their previous artworks.

One of the thirty sculptures gifted

One of the thirty sculptures gifted

A spokeswoman from the Book Festival said: “The sculptures are wonderful things and we are thrilled that so many of our visitors and customers of all ages were able to take these beautiful birds, to enjoy them and set them free around Scotland and hopefully further afield.”

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