Outdoor Book Installation Evolves To Become Part Of The Local Ecology [Pics]
An installation set up by two Canadian designers has been reclaimed by nature, and started to sprout mushrooms.
Thilo Folkerts of 100 Landschaftsarchitektur and Rodney LaTourelle created an installation–set up in 2010–of old and decaying books, placed in the forests of Quebec, which have magically begun to sprout mushrooms and moss, and have acted as a psuedo wildlife refuge for local flora and insects. Dubbed the Jardin de la Connaissance, the piece consists of hundreds of books stacked into walls and benches, with the intent that it would eventually be absorbed by the surrounding forest. Two years later and the installation is a success, and fungi have made it their permanent home. The idea original idea behind Jardin is “Culture is fading back into nature,” with the explicit intent that sometime in the near future nature would fully reclaim this man-made book construction.
Check out this exhibit to see nature’s power for yourself. That is, until it becomes more mushroom than book garden. Click though the images below to get a closer look at the work.