A forest in Norway will become an anthology of books in 100 years time

Katie Paterson, Future LibraryScottish artist Katie Paterson  is creating an ongoing installation called “Future Library which will give people a chance in a hundred years time to read books being witten over the next century.
 
Every year for the next hundred years, an author will write the text of a book (may be fiction, nonfiction poetry etc) – they won’t be released to the public until 2114. Instead a thousand trees have been planted in Nordmarka, a forest just outside Oslo, which will supply paper for a special anthology of the books . The writings will be held in trust, unpublished, until 2114.  Watch a video about the project.

Margaret Atwood will be the first author to contribute work to “Future Library,” she won’t be telling anything about the content of her book, only telling the Guardian that she has “bought some special archival paper, which will not decay in its sealed box over 100 years.”

Future Library will be housed in a secure room in Oslo’s Deichmanske public library. “The room is to be lined with wood from the planted trees and will also contain a printing press, so people of the near future who might not have held a paper book will have a way to produce a physical copy of the texts contained within.”

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