People in Amsterdam may have lately noticed a red metal clip attached to a few public benches. Tucked into the clip one may then find a book, a magazine or a mere flower that is to take, to read and to share. What’s behind it? Clearly, these public benches have been transformed into a Ruilbank (Dutch for ‘Barter Bench’), a project by Pivot Creative.
From July 28 to September 28, 2013 nine different spots around the city of Amsterdam will daily be supplied with reading material by various sponsors including the city’s public library and newspaper Het Parool, so strollers can enjoy a good read while they wander the many parks the city has to offer. You take whatever is provided, read it, enjoy it, take it home, take it back, swap it for another read or simply add a good read of yours. It is up to you what the Ruilbank can do for you and others. Visit their homepage to see the exact locations and how to find them.