Future Library is a public art project by Scottish artist Katie Paterson, which will slowly unfold over the next 100 years in the city of Oslo, Norway.A thousand trees have been planted in Normarka, a forest just outside Oslo. It will be 100 years before the trees are cut down to provide the paper for an anthology of books – a Future Library for the city of Oslo – to be read for the first time in 2114.
Every year from 2014 to 2114, a writer will be commissioned to contribute a new text to a growing collection of unpublished, unread manuscripts held in trust in a specially designed room in the Deichmanske Public Library in Bjørvika, Oslo until their publication in 2114.
The initial author to contribute a text for Future Library will be announced in September 2014, with the delivery of the first manuscript marked by a ceremony one year later. In this digital age, this is a tenaciously analog art project.