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Native Central European Forest In A Football Stadium By Klaus Littmann
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In Klagenfurt, Austria Swiss curator Klaus Littmann has transformed the football stadium into a native central European forest in order to support today’s most pressing issues of climate change and deforestation.

With almost 300 trees this is the largest public art installation to date in the country.

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Picture by Gerhard Maurer

In for forestklaus 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.

Max 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.


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