Thanks to ASLA for passing this on -
As part of the International Festival des Jardins de Metis, which is held annually in Quebec, Berlin-based landscape architect Thilo Folkerts, 100 Landschaftsarchitektur, and Canadian artist Rodney LaTourelle created a fascinating 250-square-meter garden using about 40,000 books to show how “culture fades back into nature.”
The Jardin de la connaissance, which was actually installed in 2010, was designed to change and decay. According to Dezeen, old books were piled up to create walls, rooms, and seats. Books laid on the forest floor created platforms.
Then, eight varieties of mushrooms were introduced and “cultivated on select books” in order to spur the decay of the book landscape.
Recently, to update the piece, the designers amplified the sense of decay by applying “sampled moss from the forest” to the walls of the garden as a “paint mixture.” They call this “moss graffiti.” Folkerts writes: “The cover of moss material will aesthetically expedite the slow disappearance of the garden back into the forest.”
DeZeen Magazine at http://www.dezeen.com/2010/08/12/jardin-de-la-connaissance-by-rodney-latourelle-and-100-landschaftsarchitektur/
for more photos and details.
and then if you are still curious,
Click over to Jardin de la connaissance at
for a 360 view (left side of the page).