Katie Paterson, Future Library (certificate), 2014
Two-sided foil block print on paper
16 ½ x 11 11/16 inches (sheet)
Edition of 1000
Katie Paterson’s Future Library is a large scale public art project commissioned by Bjørvika Utvikling in Oslo, Norway as part of the Slow Space public art program. For the next century it will exist in two forms—as a print, and as 1,000 trees. “A forest in Norway is growing,” the print reads. “In 100 years from now it will become an anthology of books. Every year a writer will contribute a text that will be held in trust, unpublished, until 2114. The first writer to contribute was Margaret Atwood, followed by David Mitchell.
This certificate entitles the owner to one complete set of the texts printed on the paper made from the trees after they are fully grown and cut down in 2114.