The book forest

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The Future Library in Nordmarka, Oslo. Photo: Future Library.

Imagining writing a book today, that will be published in a hundred years from now. That is the concept of the art project Future Library (Framtidsbiblioteket); every year a writer is contributing a text to an anthology that will remain unpublished until the year 2114.

The art project is developed by the Scottish artist Katie Paterson. Also part of the project is a forest area in Nordmarka in Oslo. In 2014, thousand trees were planted. In the year 2114, they are to serve as paper pulp for the printing of the texts.

Canadian author Margaret Atwood is the first contributor to the project. She handed over her script, Scribbler Moon, during a ceremony in Nordmarka in May 2015. In 2016, the English author David Mitchell delivered his contribution From Me Flows What You Call Time, and in 2017 the Icelandic poet Sjón has been chosen.

Paterson, who says the seed of the idea came to her several years ago, says she found Oslo to be the perfect location for her project. “With the city surrounded by trees, I imagined the forest may be part of people’s psyches in a more pronounced way. Perhaps a 100 year artwork might be received and thought about differently.”

The Future Library has received a lot of attention, put one particular response was deeply moving according to Paterson: “We received a letter inviting us to plant a Future Library forest in Nairobi, Kenya.”

Visit Future Library for more information about the project.

Story sourced from Visit Norway.