Forest planted in the middle of Austrian football stadium

by | Sep 11, 2019 | Featured Slider, Latest, News, Plants

On the 8 September 2019 FOR FOREST -The Unending Attraction of Nature, a temporary art intervention by Klaus Littmann and Austria’s largest public art installation to date opened. Bringing together art, nature and architecture in an unprecedented way, this monumental art intervention sees the transformation of Wörthersee football Stadium in Klagenfurt into a native central European forest. Almost 300 trees, some weighing up to six tons each, have been carefully installed on the existing pitch.

 FOR FOREST is open daily, free to access and on view until 27 October 2019. Inspired by The Unending Attraction of Nature, a dystopian drawing by Austrian artist and architect Max Peintner (b. 1937) that Littmann discovered almost thirty years ago, FOR FOREST finally brings that vision to life.

 FOR FOREST aims to challenge our perception of nature and question its future, in regards to deforestation and climate change. It seeks to become a memorial, reminding 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.

 Overseen by Enea Landscape Architecture, the forest is composed of a diverse range of species such as silver birch, alder, aspen, white willow, hornbeam, field maple and common oak.

 After the free art intervention at the stadium ends on 27 October 2019, the forest will be carefully replanted on a public site in close proximity to Wörthersee Stadium. Parallel to this, a pavilion is planned in order to document the project for the long-term.

 For information on the installation click here. 

Max Peintner, “Die ungebrochene Anziehungskraft der Natur”, pencil drawing 1970/71 © Max Peintner