The bibliophile in me cringes at Rodney LaTourelle‘s and Theo Folkerts‘ art installation, but it’s indubitably cool:

Walls, benches and carpets made of discarded books structure a series of rooms at once framing and dissolving into their environment. Invoking the mythic relation between knowledge and nature integral to the concept of ‘paradise’, we expose these supposedly timeless cultural artefacts to the process of decomposition. The books are organized between structural coloured plates, while their deterioration is further stimulated and accentuated by mushrooms that are cultivated on the books. The garden becomes a sensual reading room, a library, an information platform, an invitation to a different realm of knowledge.

[via Inhabitat; mushroom photo credit A. R. Mongeon]

John Baichtal

John Baichtal

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  • Fred

    Good grief, the amount of black mold and fungus spores floating around in that area. I hope anybody who views this “art” does it with an N95 dust mask on.

    • Abraham King

      A little art, a little literature, and a little respiratory irritation. What’s not to like?

  • Macchiato

    That’s one of those designs that are nice to look at, not to actually have them (or in this case, live in them)