Last featured in the 04-07-2017 issue, Future Library (described as "living, breathing, organic artwork,") brings together forestry, ecology, and creativity.
"A forest in Norway is growing. In 100 years, it will become an anthology of books." Future Library is a unique, ongoing project headed by Scottish artist Katie Paterson that incorporates art, literature, and the natural world. As part of this project, a team planted 1,000 trees in Nordmarka, a forest outside of Oslo, Norway. The plan? To tend to these trees until the year 2114, when they will be cut down and made into books. In the meantime, every year until 2114, a writer will donate a text to be published in one of these books in 2114. As Paterson explains, this project, which will be passed along to a new group of people every ten years until its culmination in 2114, centers on a philosophy that is central to both forestry and urban planning: that individuals and communities create things today that will ultimately benefit future generations. On this website, visitors can learn more about the Future Library project, view related photographs and a short video about the project, and follow news and press coverage related to the project (including information on the writers who have contributed to the project thus far).