I may well be the last person in Edinburgh to hear about this gorgeous, mysterious literary puzzle, but it’s still had a big impact on me. As reported in the Guardian, Scotsman, STV, Central Station and many others, an anonymous book lover has been leaving paper sculptures at cultural venues across the city.
The first, the tree pictured above, was found in the Scottish Poetry Library in March with a note addressed to the Library’s twitter account. The sculpture was accompanied by a gold leaf nest filled with fragments of Edwin Morgan’s poem ‘A Trace of Wings’.
More sculptures were to appear in subsequent months at National Library of Scotland, Filmhouse, Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh Book Festival and Central Library.
On May 26th, jewellery maker Stevie Koerner tweeted that fashion giant Urban Outfitters had ripped off one of her designs. Within a matter of days, the row had erupted via social media, with Urban Outfitters seeing a sharp drop in its share price and Koerner welcoming $36k in sales.
I’m usually cautious about Twitter’s claims of changing the world, but this particular story really does illustrate the power of social media.
Below is a fascinating account of the story by Scott Douglas:
Image: From Stevie Koerner’s online shop - no copyright intended. And good luck to you!