A Literary Find for Future Generations
Wednesday 15 October 2014
Somewhere outside Oslo, a library is growing. And somewhere in Canada, author Margaret Atwood is writing the first book that will be printed on paper provided by the 1000 trees recently planted in Nordmarka, Norway.
When she is finished, her manuscript will be sealed away for 100 years, unread, in a special room in Oslo's new public library.
Next year, another author will write another book, and so it goes on for a 100 years. Then in 2114 the trees will be cut down, the books printed and people will at last get to read the literary treasures locked away for future generations.
The Future Library Project, conceived by young Scottish artist Katie Paterson, is a time capsule that connects things living and being created now with those that will come. The only stipulation is for the books to reflect something of their time so readers have an idea of how people were living in that moment.
And just to make sure books can still be printed on paper in 2114, they'll be stashing away a printing press along with the manuscripts. And perhaps a set of instructions on how to use it.