Everyone knows that traditional books are slowly becoming relics that we’ll remember from our pre-technology obsessed years. The students that are in school now are the world’s first true digital natives, and as more and more schools switch to iPads and e-learning techniques, the days of carrying books to school in a backpack will be gone forever. Imagine what it will be like someday when a book made out of paper is considered an unusual book. It could happen.
Thanks to creative artists around the world, there are all kinds of things that can be done with traditional books. However, with as much unusual book art as we’ve featured in the past, I’ve never seen anything like this. These are actual books that are slowly decaying and dissolving back into the earth. They’ve been stacked here like this for two years so far, and as you can see, they already have giant mushrooms and moss sprouting from them.
This unusual book art is a creative collaboration between 100 Landschaftsarchitektur and Rodney LaTourelle. The installation is called the Jardin de la Connaissance, and it is displayed in Quebec. There are hundreds of books here that are all rotting and slowly being absorbed back into nature, which together form a kind of man-made forest graffiti. The area itself not only serves as a forest library where the walls, benches and carpet are made out of decaying books, but it is also as a metaphor for the state of traditional books in our technology world today. I imagine that these books would be moist and sticky in real life, kind of like forest moss on a dewy morning. It’s a great living illustration of how paper can get recycled right back into the earth. What is the most unusual book art you’ve ever seen?
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