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Living Garden of Knowledge Made From 40,000 Books
“The garden engages the mythical relation between knowledge and nature integral to the concept of ‘paradise’. By using books as material in the construction of the garden, we confront these instruments of knowledge with the temporality of nature. And by exposing these fragile and supposedly timeless materials to transformation and disintegration, we invite an emotional involvement of the visitor.”
Colorful book plates support the book structures, bind stacks together, and also act as bookmarks that mark a location within the pages. The books also serve to nourish and support new life. Eight different edible fungi varieties such as Winecap and Oyster mushrooms are cultivated within the pages of the books, where they will grow and root over time. The mushrooms support the idea of temporary space, which changes over time — after the festival the temporary garden will be deconstructed and the books will be composted or recycled.
Photo credits: ©Thilo Folkerts
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