It started at the Scottish Poetry Library.

Sculpture at the Scottish Poetry LibrarySculpture, carved from paper and mounted on a book with a tag attached. The tag reads:

“It started with your name @byleaveswelive and became a tree.…
… We know that a library is so much more than a building full of books… a book is so much more than pages full of words.…
This is for you in support of libraries, books, words, ideas….. a gesture (poetic maybe?)”

An anonymous gift from a talented artist. “@byleaveswelive” is the name of the Scottish Poetry Library’s Twitter account.  Here is a close-up of the egg that is sitting under the tree:

Paper sculptures in EdinburghThe paper egg contains slips of paper with phrases that together make up the poem “A Trace of Wings” by Edwin Morgan. As the summer went on, more paper treasure popped up, all over the city. Sculpture number 2 appeared at the National Library of Scotland:

Paper Sculpture in ScotlandTag reads:  For @natlibscot – A gift in support of libraries, books, words, ideas….. (& against their exit).

Paper sculptures in ScotlandThe Story Dragon was left on a windowsill in the Scottish Storytelling Centre

For @scotstorycenter

“A gift in support of libraries, books, works, ideas…..

Once upon a time there was a book and in the book was a nest
and in the nest was an egg and in the egg was a dragon
and in the dragon was a story…..”

I couldn’t find any news stories about finding the sculptor, so as far as I can tell, the mystery remains, along with some truly beautiful sculptural pieces and simple poetic statements in support of the written word. Read more, and see more of the sculptures here.

The photos on this page were taken by Chrisdonia.

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