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Future Library (certificate)
  • Katie Paterson
    born 1981
    born: Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom ; active: Germany
  • Future Library (certificate), 2014–2114
  • Where object was made: Berlin, Germany; Oslo, Norway
  • two-sided foil block print on paper
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 422 x 300 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 16 5/8 x 11 13/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 20 x 16 in
  • Museum purchase: Letha Churchill Walker Memorial Art Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2017.0003
Label Text

This is a certificate of authenticity for a future library. The text is printed in green ink on cream-colored paper. This is certificate 106/1000. It certifies that a forest in Norway will be used to publish works that writers have submitted to be held in trust until the trees are cut down in 2114.
The verso is an image of tree rings printed in brown ink.