An artistic touch to Buckhaven library wall

Artist Rogue One at the mural at the gable end of the Buckhaven Library College street. Pic: George McLuskie
Artist Rogue One at the mural at the gable end of the Buckhaven Library College street. Pic: George McLuskie

They say you should never judge a book by its cover but if Buckhaven Library is as good on the inside as it now looks on the outside it might just be the place to be.

The library’s skin has been transformed this week with the help of a permanent art installation created as part of Book Week Scotland 2013.

Created by graffiti artist Rogue One, a mural of in-transit books surrounds the inspiring statement “Reading is a form of transport. Everyone is entitled to a travel pass. Gaun Yersel!”

It is hoped that the mural, which is one of five across the country, will encourage the local community to visit the library and to begin or continue their reading journey.

Rogue One commented: “It’s been fantastic working on these murals for the Scottish Book Trust, they came to me with some great walls and I was excited about painting them. I now hope the public are as excited to see them.”

The statement was collectively written by authors Angus Peter Campbell, Alan Bissett, Liz Lochhead, James Robertson and Vivian French, who were commissioned by Scottish Book Trust to create a message that captured the value of reading, to be incorporated into the mural.

Marc Lambert CEO of Scottish Book Trust, the organisation delivering Book Week Scotland, said: “These murals were commissioned in celebration of Book Week Scotland and are intended to reflect the importance and vibrancy of the role that reading, writing and books play in Scottish life and culture.

“They give a strong message about the value of libraries in local communities, a message which we hope will be heeded by those who seek to close down these hubs of culture, wisdom and imagination.”

The artwork has been developed in consultation with the Buckhaven community, including a session at the Beehive arts centre, to ensure its lasting legacy is to inspire more reading in the area.

Margaret Nikolic, Libraries area team leader at Fife Cultural Trust, said: “Being involved in the workshop with the artist and the local community was a fantastically positive experience and there was a real sense of excitement about the project and the reveal of the finished work.

“Ideas sparkled from the discussion and we were inspired by the aims of the mural to promote reading and the library. Buckhaven Library is a small library but its presence will be so much bigger now!”