Art project plants 1,000 trees for books 100 years from now

It often takes a long time to publish a book, but some writers are willing to wait 100 years to see their book in print (possibly with the help of cybernetic eyes).

As part of a special public art project commissioned by the Bjørvika Utvikling neighbourhood in Oslo, Norway, 1,000 trees have been planted that will supply the paper for a unique book anthology that will be printed in 2114.

The incredibly creative (and time consuming) endeavour, called Future Library, will see a writer contribute a manuscript to the anthology each year - to be held in trust, unpublished - until 2114, when the book will be assembled.

Claire Doherty, director of the neighbourhood's public art organization, said this work "compels us to think about what we might tell a future reader about our time."

Scottish artist Katie Paterson conceived the idea, which somewhat reflects the future planning and redevelopment of Bjørvika Utvikling from a container port into a modern cultural centre. The Future Library Trust will be re-formed every decade to ensure that the project gets completed, as original members move on.

We here at CBC Books think this is a way cool idea. And we hope this anthology is something our great, great grandchildren will enjoy ... presuming they know what the heck a paper book is.