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Jardin de la Connaissance by Thilo Folkerts and Rodney Latourelle, 2010.

An astounding living library built from 40,000 reclaimed books has sprouted in the middle of the forest as part of the 11th International Garden Festival in Métis, Quebec.

Lesson / Koan : The language of the forest is in all books.

Designed by Thilo Folkerts and Rodney Latourelle, Jardin de la Connaisance, or the Garden of Knowledge, is a unique outdoor library that features living books sown with several varieties of mushrooms. Playing off the theme of paradise and the Tree of Knowledge, the temporary garden brings the books back to their roots in a natural setting.

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, the public confront these instruments of knowledge with the temporality of nature. And by exposing these fragile and supposedly timeless materials to transformation and disintegration, an emotional involvement is experienced for the public.

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The colorful discarded books were stacked to create garden walls, benches and carpets that are integrated within the site and structure of the forest. In an amazing example of book architecture, the books are stacked like bricks, while open volumes form cushioned carpets on the forest floor. Latourelle worked in collaboration with Folkerts of 100Landschaftarchitecktur to design the ‘utopian’ garden as a compelling new way to experience the forest — as an information platform as well as a return to nature.

sketch sketch

sketch for Jardin de la Connaissance by Thilo Folkerts and Rodney Latourelle, 2010.

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Thilo Folkerts is a landscape architect, teacher, writer and gardener. He founded the office 100Landschaftsarchitektur in Berlin in 2007. He has realized temporary and permanent gardens all over Europe. Rodney LaTourelle is a Canadian artist, writer and designer, based in Berlin. They have worked together on this project that revitalizes the notion of gardening as an art form.
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