For Forest © Gerhard Maurer

FOR FOREST isn’t history
– FOR FOREST is making history!

“FOR FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature” brought over 200.000 people to the Wörthersee Stadium of Klagenfurt and over 80 countries worldwide covered Austria’s largest art intervention up to date.

FOR FOREST touched people and encouraged them to discuss and exchange about environmental topics. Many different ideas emerged from this project.

“FOR FOREST – The Voice for Trees” is embracing these new ideas. It is now bringing people and institutions together to challenge the climate crisis. And it started with a first step: We are proud to announce that FOR FOREST is a leading partner of the next Austrian World Summit on 26 May 2020! And further steps are to come…

FOR FOREST is the voice for trees.

08.09.19 – 27.10.19

WÖRTHERSEE STADION KLAGENFURT | AUSTRIA

08.09.19 – 27.10.19

WÖRTHERSEE STADION KLAGENFURT | AUSTRIA

A FOREST IN A FOOTBALL STADIUM

„FOR FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature” was a temporary art intervention by Klaus Littmann that turned the Wörthersee Stadium in Klagenfurt into Austria‘s largest public art installation from 8 September to 27 October 2019.

Using 300 trees, some of which weigh up to six tonnes, landscape architect Enzo Enea covered the entire playing field with a mixed forest characteristic of Central Europe.

From the grandstands, visitors could admire the spectacle of the trees day and night (from 10am until 10pm). Admission was free. A sight that was as unfamiliar as it was fascinating and stirred up a range of emotions and reactions! Depending on the time of day (or night), the trees constituted a constantly changing landscape that was shaped by the weather as well as the autumnal turning of the leaves. The installation was a clever play on our emotions when faced with what should be a familiar sight, placed in an entirely different context. With this monumental work of art, Littmann challenged our perception of nature and sharpened our awareness of the future relation between nature and humankind.

The project also sees itself as a warning: One day, we might have to admire the remnants of nature in specially assigned spaces, as is already the case with zoo animals.

THE STORY BEHIND FOR FOREST

Klaus Littmann’s Idea: The project was initiated by the artist and international contemporary art mediator Klaus Littmann. Klaus Littmann first saw the pencil drawing “The Unending Attraction of Nature”, by Max Peintner (born 1937), over 30 years ago, and has since held on to the idea of turning this striking dystopia into a reality.

KLAUS LITTMANN (LITTMANN KULTURPROJEKTE)

Klaus Littmann lives and works in Basel. Littmann studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where his teachers included Joseph Beuys, and later established his reputation as a creator and freelance mediator of contemporary art. In this capacity, he made a name for himself as the initiator and organiser of individual and group exhibitions, eventually focusing on the planning and realisation of topic-specific art exhibitions and interventions in public spaces. Every single one of his complex and unique projects reflects the dichotic tension that results from the artist‘s engagement with everyday culture and the confrontation of contemporary art with urban spaces.

More about Klaus Littmann and Littmann Kulturprojekte

Klaus Littmann „FOR FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature“, Art Intervention 2019, Wörthersee Stadium Klagenfurt | Austria
Photo: UNIMO

Klaus Littmann and Max Peintner in the Wörthersee stadium in Klagenfurt (2017)
© Gerhard Maurer

MAX PEINTNER’S DRAWING

„FOR FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature“ was realised based on the artistic plans by Klaus Littmann, inspired by a drawing by Austrian artist Max Peintner (*1937). In Max Peintner‘s pencil drawing „The Unending Attraction of Nature“ (1970/71), the threat to our natural environment is not conveyed by pointing an incriminating finger, but rather through a thought experiment: Imagine a time when forests will exist only as exhibition objects! With this idea, the author proved himself far ahead of his time – after all, the demise of the world‘s forests did not become a topic of wider public interest until the 1980s. Over the years, the drawing became a thought-provoking icon far beyond the realm of fine arts and has made its way into more than 20 German-language textbooks, as well as being referred to in a wealth of international publications. In the meantime, the far-reaching message of the image has provided multiple impulses for philosophy, socio-culture, biology, ecology, anthropology and literature.

More about Max Peintner and „Die ungebrochene Anziehungskraft der Natur“

Max Peintner, “The Unending Attraction of Nature”
pencil drawing, 1970/71

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