For Forest © Gerhard Maurer

08.09.19 – 27.10.19

WÖRTHERSEE STADION KLAGENFURT | AUSTRIA

Daily from 10am to 10pm

08.09.19 – 27.10.19

WÖRTHERSEE STADION KLAGENFURT | AUSTRIA

A FOREST IN A FOOTBALL STADIUM

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

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

From the grandstands, visitors can admire the spectacle of the trees day and night (from 10am until 10pm). Admission is free. A sight that is as unfamiliar as it is fascinating and bound to stir up a range of emotions and reactions! Depending on the time of day (or night), the trees will constitute a constantly changing landscape that is shaped by the weather as well as the autumnal turning of the leaves. The installation is 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 challenges our perception of nature and sharpens 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 Littmanns 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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