What: Book Bench Reveal & Artist Reception
Where: 502 Scott Blvd., Covington, Kentucky
When: Wednesday, April 26, 4-6 p.m.
Who: Everyone is invited to meet the artists, view the benches and enjoy refreshments.
In collaboration with the City of Covington, the Kenton County Public Library Foundation has developed a community art installation that brings literacy and artistic expression together. Six local artists have painted their interpretation of books on a fiberglass bench in the shape of an open book. In May 2023, the Book Benches will be placed throughout Covington for people to sit and read, but on Wednesday, April 26, from 4-6 p.m., the public will have a chance to see them and meet the artists. Refreshments provided.
“What these artists created in such a short time on an unconventional item is truly remarkable,” said Robin Klaene, Book Bench project manager and Public Relations Director for the Kenton County Public Library. “The benches are over 180 pounds, have curves, ridges, multiple sides, and the artists' attention to detail on every aspect of these benches is truly breathtaking. I can’t wait to see them in the community later this spring.”
This project was made possible by the Kenton County Public Library Foundation, Two Men and a Truck and the City of Covington.
The local artists featured are:
Book featured: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Campbell County High School - Honor Art Students
Book featured: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Book featured: Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
Book featured: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Book featured: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Book featured: Alice's Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
"Taking the idea from the brainstorming process to seeing it on the actual bench for others to see and enjoy is so cool,” said Campbell County High School senior Molly Hart. “I hope people walk by and wonder about the group that created this bench."
The Book Bench Reveal event is free and open to all. Details, including the artist and location of each bench, are available at kentonlibrary.org/bookbenches.
Books that local artists based their bench designs on.