Winner of 2014 South Bank Sky Arts Award Announces 100-year-long Artwork in Oslo, Norway
BRISTOL, England, June 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/
Situationsannounces a new public artwork by Scottish artistKatie Patersonwhich will unfold over the next 100 years in the city ofOslo,Norway. Every year from 2014 to 2114, a writer will be commissioned to contribute a new text to a growing collection of unpublished, unread manuscripts held in trust in a specially designed room in the new Deichmanske Public Library in Bjrvika until their publication in 2114.
Watch a short online film of Katie Patersonintroducing Future Library
As Paterson prepares to announce the first writer, a forest of 1000 trees has been planted in Nordmarka, just outside Oslo. It will be 100 years before the trees are cut down to provide the paper on which the texts will be printed as a limited edition anthology of books - aFutureLibraryfor the city of Oslo - read for the first time in 2114.
Known for works which make use of sophisticated technologies and specialist expertise to stage intimate, poetic and philosophical engagements between people and their natural environment, Paterson has envisaged this work in response to the development of Oslo's transformed former container port, as part of Slow Space, a programme of public art projects produced by Situations and commissioned by developer BjrvikaUtvikling.
Claire Doherty, Director of Situations, says,"Future Librarychallenges ourpreconceptions about where and when public art takes place. Just as the newdevelopment of Bjrvika causes us to reimagine the future of Oslo,so this work compels us to think about what we might tell a future reader aboutourtime."
For Anne Beate Hovind, BjrvikaUtvikling's Project Manager, "FutureLibraryis beyond what we could ever imagine or hope for. The longevity ofthis artworkwill make it resonate with the people of Oslo for the next 100years and it holds a treasure for future generations to enjoy."
The first writer to contribute a text forFuture Librarywill be announced in September 2014, with the handover of the firstmanuscript marked by a special event a year later.