Hang around till 2114, you’ll find something good to read


Hang around till 2114, you’ll find something good to read

Future Library project will use paper made from 1,000 spruce trees planted in 2014 to publish today’s books

Tymon Smith

In the Nordmarka forest in Oslo there are 1,000 spruce trees. Since they were planted in 2014, they have been doing what all trees are supposed to do – slowly taking root, reaching up to the sky, photosynthesising and so on. But unlike many other trees, the fate of those 1,000 spruces is known and the date of their end is predestined.

That’s because the trees that make up the forest within the forest are part of a “living, organic artwork unfolding over 100 years” created by Scottish artist Katie Paterson and known as the Future Library. In 2114 the spruce trees will be cut down and turned into paper on which manuscripts contributed by authors including Margaret Atwood, David Mitchell and Elif Shafak will be published.

This week it was announced that the latest author to join those who will contribute works that they won’t be around to see published is Norway’s own Karl Ove Knausgaard. He is most well known as the author of the critically acclaimed and popular six-volume autobiographical series of novels My Struggle...

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