klaus littmann transforms austrian football stadium into native central european forest
 

klaus littmann transforms austrian football stadium into native central european forest

swiss curator klaus littmann has transformed the wörthersee football stadium in klagenfurt, austria, into a native central european forest, in support of today’s most pressing issues of climate change and deforestation. opening 8 september 2019,  for forest – the unending attraction of nature marks the country’s largest public art installation to date, with almost 300 trees, some weighing up to six tons each, carefully installed on the existing pitch. klaus littmann transforms austrian football stadium into native central european forestall images © gerhard maurer unless stated otherwise
image © UNIMO

 

 

in for forest, klaus littmann has brought to life the unending attraction of nature, a dystopian drawing by austrian artist and architect max peintner that he discovered almost thirty years ago. the monumental art intervention, which sees the wörthersee football stadium transformed into a native central european forest of almost 300 trees, aims to challenge our perception of nature and question its future, upon today’s pressing issues of climate change and deforestation. by enclosing an entire forest within the stadium, the project seeks to remind us that nature, which we so often take for granted, may someday only be found in specially designated spaces, as is already the case with animals in zoos.klaus littmann transforms austrian football stadium into native central european forestmax peintner, ‘die ungebrochene anziehungskraft der natur’, pencil drawing 1970/71, © max peintner

 

 

overseen by enea landscape architecture, the forest comprises a diverse range of species such as silver birch, alder, aspen, white willow, hornbeam, field maple and common oak, which, will take on a life of their own, changing colors as the season turns and attract wildlife. after the public art installation ends on 27 october 2019, the forest will be carefully replanted on a public site in close proximity to wörthersee stadium at a scale of 1:1 and remain as a living ‘forest sculpture’. parallel to this, a pavilion is planned in order to document the project for the long-term.

klaus littmann transforms austrian football stadium into native central european forest klaus littmann transforms austrian football stadium into native central european forest klaus littmann transforms austrian football stadium into native central european forest klaus littmann transforms austrian football stadium into native central european forest klaus littmann transforms austrian football stadium into native central european forestimage © UNIMO image © for forest

max peintner and klaus littmann

 

 

project info:

 

 

name: for forest – the unending attraction of nature

artist/curator: klaus littmann

location: wörthersee stadium südring 207, 9020 klagenfurt austria

opening hours: daily 10am – 10pm including public holidays

access: free admission

  • Silent Running.

    Bernardo Senna Marques da Silva says:
  • What a waste of resources, money, and time!
    The trees could simply be planted to the final destination directly.
    But then you wouldn’t have all that fuss, would you?

    TNS says:
  • People are correct about the misuse of resources to a certain degree but it is important to keep in mind the impact of the installation on the public awareness. Planting 100 tress without anyone’s notice does not raise awareness as much as this installation. I’m hoping the project will be providing sufficient amount of information about one of the most severe global issues.

    Ali says:
  • I respectfully disagree with the previous comment. The ‘fuss’ or the concept is the point entirely. Which I believe is the point of most art, design and this very website.

    Michael C says:

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