A project with a vision for a hundred years – Future Library – Article

The team from Hajnówka Centralna – Cultural Station from Hajnówka saw the project during a study visit to Norway, carried out as part of the Next step – Art closer to Nature / Next step – Art close to the Nature project.

The forest from which the trees for the manuscripts of the Future Library will come already grows on the hill near Oslo, in Nordmarka. Artists associated with the Future Library project received the site from the authorities of the Norwegian capital in May 2014. The agreement states that the perpetual leasehold will last 100 years. Thousands of trees were planted there. Visitors to this forest can now observe day after day, year after year how trees grow and how arduous the process is. They won’t be ready to be cut out and turned into paper for about 95 years. It is assumed that then the heirs of this idea will cut and produce the paper. Then, in 2114, they will publish an anthology of books about it

Room for the manuscripts

The city of Oslo has given the creators a special Silent Room / Silent Room in the modern Deichman Bjorvika Library, impressively designed and realized above the Oslo Fjord. Recognized as the best-designed public building in Norway, the library would “serve as a beacon for future library buildings (…) it combines environmental awareness with architectural style” (more on: Deichman.no)

The Future Library room was created in the form of a “manuscript store” to commemorate the old collection of the library patron – Deichman. It is a place conducive to contemplation, it refers to the idea of ​​a forest with its material, ie wood. The names of the authors and the titles of their works will be displayed on displays here. But none of the manuscripts will be available to read until it is published in 2114.

This room is a place for quiet reflection. it is a place known as “slow space”, a space where time seems to flow more slowly, created so that visitors can experience the passage of time and feel the passage of time. The room is made of ordinary small elements of pure wood. The Oslofjord is visible through the trained walls of the library. Further on, on the slope of the hill above the fjord, you can see the forest of the Future Library.

“In this oasis of calm, readers can reflect on what lies hidden in the lyrics and the depth of time ahead. Unborn authors, sealed words, a generation of people who love design,” wrote artist Katie Peterson. (More information at www.futurelibrary.no)

– This room is a place of hope – adds Anne Beate Hovind, co-founder of Future Library, a trained structural engineer, engineer who makes many investments in various places in the country. But also the owner, together with her husband, of an unusual meeting place and creative activity in Oslo, the Nordic Black Theater https://nordicblacktheatre.no dedicated to non-ethnic Norwegians.

A letter from the past

She grew up on a Norwegian farm, has hard working conditions, understands what it is like to live in harmony and harmony with nature. Therefore, he accepts the obvious fact that resource management has to be done, that you have to work with nature, that trees have to be felled … – But you also have to plant new ones – he emphasizes.

He points out that Norwegians use forests very intensively, the right to use natural resources is enshrined in the constitution. We know a lot about the forest, we can study how trees “talk” to each other, we are part of the boreal coniferous forest system with a temperate and cool climate – taiga. We need to protect every ecosystem, talk about the importance of ecology.

She says she found her grandfather’s letter from 1914, in which he describes what life on a farm is like, how the vegetation develops and how much fun it is to live according to the rhythm of nature. These messages and thoughts have not aged. On the contrary, you have to go back to the original rules of life and ensure good contact with nature.

– People have to cultivate rituals because our lives are made up of rituals – says Anne Beate Hovind. We must hope that the world will stand and that we will succeed in passing on everything that is important to the world to the next generation. Sometimes we forget and we need long-term projects to remember what is important for the continuity of the culture, which will last even after the death of the makers and artists. Now in ours is the time of the imagination. Young people to whom we dedicate this project must live with new, good ideas. Let’s give them to them!

An ecological perspective

He says the project came about in close artistic and interactive collaboration. The artist suggested, and the contractor—with a team of architects, contractors, volunteers, librarians, and officials—followed her guidelines. Everything went perfectly, the forest is growing, the library is working, volunteers are working together, etc. In June there will be a ceremony of the inauguration of the library, the signing of the deed of lease of a forest from the city of Oslo for 100 years !

Norway works with young people on many levels, from an ecological perspective. There are many lessons about solidarity, nature, caring for the climate, ecological farms … Future Library is one of them. Awakens the imagination! He also lit ours, so the idea for the collaboration of the Nordic Black Theater with Hajnówka Centralna – Stacja Kultury and the public library in Bielsk Podlaski is currently being worked out.

Beata Kubiszyn-Puka

Hajnówka Central – Cultural Station

The Next Step project – Art closer to nature

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