100-year-long artwork in Oslo
Situations announces a new public artwork by Scottish artist Katie Paterson, which will 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 – read for the
first time in 2114.
As Katie Paterson prepares the forest, she is selecting authors along with an editorial panel
including the Booker Prize’s Ion Trewin and former Director of Oslo City Library Liv Sæteren.
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growing collection of unpublished, unread manuscripts held in trust in a specially designed room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 Bjørvika until their publication 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 Bjørvika Utvikling. Claire Doherty, Director of Situations,
says, “Future Library challenges our preconceptions about where and when public art takes place.
Just as the new development of Bjørvika causes us to reimagine the future of Oslo, so this work
compels us to think about what we might tell a future reader about our time.”
For Anne Beate Hovind, Bjørvika Utvikling’s Project Manager, “Future Library is beyond what we
could ever imagine or hope for. The longevity of this artwork will make it resonate with the people
of Oslo for the next 100 years and it holds a treasure for future generations to enjoy.”
The first writer to contribute a text for Future Library will be announced in September 2014, with
the handover of the first manuscript marked by a special event a year later.
For press information, contact Nate Taylor – Communications Manager, Situations
+44 7889 872700 / firstname.lastname@example.org