50 unique sculptures have popped up all over London featuring artwork inspired by a mix of modern favourites and literary classics  in a campaign launched by the National Literacy Trust.

Benches shaped as open books have been created by local artists and illustrators. The works of art have been grouped in trails, so members of the public can embark on journeys to discover the  capital’s literary connections and be reminded of the joys of reading.

At the end of summer 2014, all the benches will be auctioned at an exclusive event in the Southbank Centre to raise funds for the Trust’s vital work to raise literacy levels in the UK. Head to booksabouttown.org.uk to download information on the trails and find out more about the designs.