Final chapter in book sculpture mystery revealed

The Writers' Museum today (25 November) revealed the eighth instalment in the book sculpture mystery that has puzzled Edinburgh for months.

In the last few months, a series of sculptures have been left across the city, and the one found yesterday in the Writers' Museum on Lady Stair's Close closes the book on this fascinating story.

Found by the curator, Victoria-Rose Hodgson, in the Stevenson room of the museum, the sculpture is made from Ian Rankin's second Rebus novel, Hide and Seek, and features a scene from one of Stevenson's novels.

It was left with the message; '@curator EMG A Gift, The Stories Are In The Stones, In Support of Libraries, Books, Words, Ideas and Writers'.

Councillor Deidre Brock, Culture and Leisure Convenor, said: "I'm delighted that this very gifted artist has shown their appreciation for our city's Writers Museum in this way.  The sculpture is a very fitting tribute to our much loved museum, which celebrates the lives of three of Scotland's greatest writers - Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. Whoever is responsible for these wonderful works of art has created an intriguing modern day mystery for Edinburgh, the world's first UNESCO City of Literature."

The sculpture will be on display to the public from Wednesday next week.

The tenth, and last, book sculpture left by the anonymous artist was found on Wednesday in the Scottish Storytelling Centre. It was left with a note that read "Often a good story ends where it begins" and concluded with "Cheers Edinburgh, it's been fun!" 

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