Nature Reclaims Books Inside The Jardin de la Connaissance


Nature Reclaims Books Inside The Jardin de la Connaissance

Nature Reclaims Books Inside The Jardin de la Connaissance
Nature Reclaims Books Inside The Jardin de la Connaissance

Nature reclaims what’s hers by capturing the books from the Jardin de la Connaissance and turning them into beautiful natural ornaments. This beautiful garden of decaying books is located in Quebec, Canada and it names means ‘Garden of Knowledge’.

Jardin de la Connaissance was created in 2010 by Berlin landscape architect Thilo Folkerts from 100 Landschaftsarchitektur and Canadian artist Rodney LaTourelle. They started by pilling up hundreds of old books in order to create walls, rooms and seats, in what turned out to be a real ‘garden of knowledge’, given its placement, in the forest, and its composition formed entirely out of books.

This art installation was originally created for the International Festival des Jardins de Metis, back in 2010. Today, the Jardin de la Connaissance is being reclaimed by nature, one book at a time.

In order to speed up the books’ decay, mushrooms are being cultivated inside the walls and moss is also applied with a wet mixture.


Moss, mushrooms and grass are growing all over the artificial ‘walls of knowledge’ and just like wine, this beautiful garden only gets better as time passes by.





Here’s some information from the architect and artist behind the project:

The Jardin de la Connaissance was established in June 2010. Since then, the garden has been interacting with the forest. The book structures have decayed in the natural setting, but have also provided various micro-environments for a range of local creatures. Seedlings and insects have activated the walls, carpets and benches.

Mushrooms – those cultivated and those who have come by themselves – have made the garden their home. Many of the originally bright colours of the books have faded. Culture is fading back into nature.

For the third season of the Jardin de la Connaissance, the authors want to extend the garden’s transformation by applying a technique originating in recent urban culture, following a renewed sense of being active in the open spaces of the city. Sampled moss from the forest is applied onto the walls as a paint mixture, a so-called ‘moss graffiti’.

While the success of actual growth is somewhat open – as with all good experiments – the cover of moss material will aesthetically expedite the slow disappearance of the garden back into the forest. Thilo Folkerts, Rodney LaTourelle, 2012