Katie Paterson is a contemporary artist who's work focuses on geological time and our place on the earth. Her work is incredibly thoughtful and hopeful in a time when dystopian imagery looms in every corner we look. She collaborates with scientists and researchers from across the world and we recommend going to her site to see her latest work. Below are two examples of recent work she's done that center around time and questions how we think about scales of time.
The Future Library
In 2014, a forest was planted in Norway. In 2114, when the trees are 100 years old, 100 manuscripts will be printed from the harvested paper which the trees will provide. Every year, a contributor will gift an unread work to the project and in 100 years time, the work will be available to read in Oslo, Norway. The first to contribute was legendary Margaret Atwood.
"A necklace comprising 170 fossils carved into spherical beads. It is a string of worlds, with each bead representing a major event in the evolution of life through the vast expanse of geological time. From the monocellular origins of life on Earth to the shifting of the continents, from the extinctions of the Cretaceous period triggered by a falling meteorite to the first blooming of flowers, Fossil Necklace charts the development of life on our planet."