In The Garden of Knowledge

I’ve heard of getting lost in a good book, but if you find yourself in Quebec you could get lost in a whole garden of them. The Jardin de la Connaissance, or Garden of Knowledge, was built by designers Thilo Folkerts and Rodney Latourelle for Canada’s 11th International Garden Festival. Using some 40,000 reclaimed books, they’ve created walls, paths and benches, and inoculated them with eight varieties of edible mushrooms. Thus as the exposed books decompose, the mushrooms grow, and metaphors for knowledge and transformation abound. According to the artists’ statement:

The book assemblages establish a framework amidst the forest that embodies a variety of experiential activities. The Jardin de la Connaissance becomes a sensual reading room, a library, an information platform, a dynamic realm of knowledge.

Books and fungus—as anyone who’s had to store books in the basement for any length of time knows, they’re quite compatible. The only thing that’s missing is a little enclosed silverfish farm… maybe next year.

(via GalleyCat. All images © Thilo Folkerts.)

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2 Comments to In The Garden of Knowledge

  1. August 31, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Am I the only one who finds this sad?

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