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A worldwide initiative with Austrian roots

FOR FOREST – The Voice for Trees has its roots in the famous “forest in the stadium”. Austria’s largest art intervention in public space up to now has touched many people and started discussions about environmental issues.

FOR FOREST – The Voice for Trees brings people and institutions together in order to attract attention to forests and to climate change.

#forforest

© Gerhard Maurer

A worldwide initiative with Austrian roots

FOR FOREST – The Voice for Trees has its roots in the famous “forest in the stadium”. Austria’s largest art intervention in public space up to now has touched many people and started discussions about environmental issues.

FOR FOREST – The Voice for Trees brings people and institutions together in order to attract attention to forests and to climate change.

#forforest

© Gerhard Maurer

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Tons (heaviest tree)
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Facts & Figures

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Visitors
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Countries covered the project
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Trees
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Tons (heaviest tree)
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Tree species
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Events

The inter­vention

A forest in a football stadium

FOR FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature was a temporary art intervention by Klaus Littmann that transformed the Wörthersee football stadium in Klagenfurt into Austria’s largest public art installation from 8 September – 27 October 2019.

Overseen by Enea Landscape Architecture, around 300 trees, some weighing up to six tons each, were carefully transplanted over the existing football pitch to give the impression of a central European forest.

From 10am until 10pm daily (free entry), visitors could experience a unique panorama of trees on the pitch, day and night, under natural light or by floodlight. The forest was an unusual and fascinating sight which took on a life of its own, attracting wildlife, changing colours as the season turned and thus forming an ever-changing landscape. FOR FOREST triggered a multiplicity of responses and emotions, and paved the way for a whole new perspective and understanding of forests.

Austria’s largest art intervention in public space

“FOR FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature” by Klaus Littmann was inspired by The Unending Attraction of Nature, a dystopian drawing by Austrian artist Max Peintner. This intervention pushed the most modern stadium in Austria to the centre of international interest.

Through this monumental installation, Littmann aimed to challenge our perception of nature and question the future relationship between humans and nature. Furthermore, the project sought 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.

About Klaus Littmann (Littmann Kulturprojekte)

Klaus Littmann grew up in Basel, Switzerland, studied at Düsseldorf Art Academy with Joseph Beuys and established himself as a mediator of contemporary art. He made his name through unique solo and group exhibitions positioned in diverse contexts. After many years working within gallery and museum spaces, he started presenting theme-oriented art exhibitions in the public arena. Underlying each of his complex and unique projects is a dichotic tension highlighting the artist’s preoccupation with everyday culture and the confrontation between contemporary art and urban spaces.

More about Klaus Littmann and Littmann Kulturprojekte

Model of “FOR FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature”, scale 1:333/3
© Johannes Puch

FOR FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature, temporary art intervention by Klaus Littmann 2019, Klagenfurt | Austria
© UNIMO

Klaus Littmann in the Wörthersee Stadium, Klagenfurt, Austria, 2019
© Emmanuel Fradin

The Inter­vention

A forest in a football stadium

FOR FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature was a temporary art intervention by Klaus Littmann that transformed the Wörthersee football stadium in Klagenfurt into Austria’s largest public art installation from 8 September – 27 October 2019.

Overseen by Enea Landscape Architecture, around 300 trees, some weighing up to six tons each, were carefully transplanted over the existing football pitch to give the impression of a central European forest.

From 10 am until 10 pm daily (free entry), visitors could experience a unique panorama of trees on the pitch, day and night, under natural light or by floodlight. The forest was an unusual and fascinating sight which took on a life of its own, attracting wildlife, changing colours as the season turned and thus forming an ever-changing landscape. FOR FOREST triggered a multiplicity of responses and emotions, and paved the way for a whole new perspective and understanding of forests.

Model of “FOR FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature”, scale 1:333/3
© Johannes Puch

Austria’s largest art intervention in public space

“FOR FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature” by Klaus Littmann was inspired by The Unending Attraction of Nature, a dystopian drawing by Austrian artist Max Peintner. This intervention pushed the most modern stadium in Austria to the centre of international interest.

Through this monumental installation, Littmann aimed to challenge our perception of nature and question the future relationship between humans and nature. Furthermore, the project sought 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.

© UNIMO

About Klaus Littmann (Littmann Kulturprojekte)

Klaus Littmann grew up in Basel, Switzerland, studied at Düsseldorf Art Academy with Joseph Beuys and established himself as a mediator of contemporary art. He made his name through unique solo and group exhibitions positioned in diverse contexts. After many years working within gallery and museum spaces, he started presenting theme-oriented art exhibitions in the public arena. Underlying each of his complex and unique projects is a dichotic tension highlighting the artist’s preoccupation with everyday culture and the confrontation between contemporary art and urban spaces.

More about Klaus Littmann and Littmann Kulturprojekte

Klaus Littmann in the Wörthersee Stadium, Klagenfurt, Austria, 2019
© Emmanuel Fradin

The drawing

An Image and Its Appeal

Over the years, Max Peintner’s “The Unending Attraction of Nature” has become an icon and food for thought beyond the visual arts.

Known from Textbooks

The artwork has been used in more than 20 German school and textbooks, as well as in publications in France, Denmark, Estonia, Czech Republic and Hungary.

Broad Impact

Nowadays, the visionary expressiveness of the image is considered an impetus for philosophy, sociology, biology, ecology, anthropology and literature.

More about Max Peintner and “The Unending Attraction of Nature”

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

The drawing

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

An Image and Its Appeal

Over the years, Max Peintner’s “The Unending Attraction of Nature” has become an icon and food for thought beyond the visual arts.

Known from Textbooks

The artwork has been used in more than 20 German school and textbooks, as well as in publications in France, Denmark, Estonia, Czech Republic and Hungary.

Broad Impact

Nowadays, the visionary expressiveness of the image is considered an impetus for philosophy, sociology, biology, ecology, anthropology and literature.

More about Max Peintner and “The Unending Attraction of Nature”

The trees

The trees

The realization

In just 22 days, from 6th to 30th of August 2019, the forest was erected in the Wörthersee Stadium by a team of up to 50 people.

The forest floor, designed by the landscape architects to complete the picture of an authentic forest, was recreated using various types of plants, such as shrubs, ferns and grasses. Just like in a genuine forest, the plants around the periphery give shade to the trees’ trunks and exposed roots, which in turn benefits the trees. All materials used to create the stadium forest, ranging from the wood chips to the borders and undergrowth, were reused after the art intervention. Throughout the whole operation of installing the forest, no plastic was used.

Following materials were used for the installation in the stadium:
• 7,000 m3 wood chips
• 4,500 m2 turf rolls
• 400 m3 bark chips
• 10 km irrigation lines
• 480 m3 substrate
• 4,000 m1 timber for securing the trees

The realization

In just 22 days, from 6th to 30th of August 2019, the forest was erected in the Wörthersee Stadium by a team of up to 50 people.

The forest floor, designed by the landscape architects to complete the picture of an authentic forest, was recreated using various types of plants, such as shrubs, ferns and grasses. Just like in a genuine forest, the plants around the periphery give shade to the trees’ trunks and exposed roots, which in turn benefits the trees. All materials used to create the stadium forest, ranging from the wood chips to the borders and undergrowth, were reused after the art intervention. Throughout the whole operation of installing the forest, no plastic was used.

Following materials were used for the installation in the stadium:
• 7,000 m3 wood chips
• 4,500 m2 turf rolls
• 400 m3 bark chips
• 10 km irrigation lines
• 480 m3 substrate
• 4,000 m1 timber for securing the trees

The Wörthersee Stadium

The Wörthersee Stadium can hold up to 30,000 spectators and was officially opened in Klagenfurt in September 2007 for the European Football Championship of 2008. It is the most modern stadium in Austria and home to the SK Austria Klagenfurt club.

In addition to football matches, the multifunctional arena has been host to special events including an outdoor ice hockey derby, several major concerts, as well as the United World Games and the “Herzschlag 2014” Special Olympics.

The stadium, which complies with all UEFA and FIFA guidelines, is a compact structure which sits comfortably within its surrounding landscape. The architecture of the structure is particularly striking thanks to the dynamic elevation of the roof above the east stand.

  sportpark-klagenfurt.at

© Gerhard Maurer

The Wörthersee Stadion

The Wörthersee Stadium can hold up to 30,000 spectators and was officially opened in Klagenfurt in September 2007 for the European Football Championship of 2008. It is the most modern stadium in Austria and home to the SK Austria Klagenfurt club.

In addition to football matches, the multifunctional arena has been host to special events including an outdoor ice hockey derby, several major concerts, as well as the United World Games and the “Herzschlag 2014” Special Olympics.

The stadium, which complies with all UEFA and FIFA guidelines, is a compact structure which sits comfortably within its surrounding landscape. The architecture of the structure is particularly striking thanks to the dynamic elevation of the roof above the east stand.

  sportpark-klagenfurt.at

© Gerhard Maurer

Klagenfurt am Wörthersee

The 800-year-old city was designed by Italian master builders, who shaped the city image with its palaces, courtyard and squares. Walking through this historic place, you may also be tempted for a pleasurable shopping spree. Quaint and airy restaurants and cafés offer invite you to linger, as does the Benedictine Market with its wonderful variety of regional specialties from Carinthian farmers, Slovenian and Italian market vendors.

Klagenfurt am Wörthersee has plenty of museums and galleries. Art lovers will find both established and young, upcoming artists. In the evening, people like to meet in Klagenfurt for classical or jazz concerts, or perhaps watch a play, an opera, or dance theatre.

© tinefoto.com/Martin Steinthaler

Klagenfurt am Wörthersee

The 800-year-old city was designed by Italian master builders, who shaped the city image with its palaces, courtyard and squares. Walking through this historic place, you may also be tempted for a pleasurable shopping spree. Quaint and airy restaurants and cafés offer invite you to linger, as does the Benedictine Market with its wonderful variety of regional specialties from Carinthian farmers, Slovenian and Italian market vendors.

Klagenfurt am Wörthersee has plenty of museums and galleries. Art lovers will find both established and young, upcoming artists. In the evening, people like to meet in Klagenfurt for classical or jazz concerts, or perhaps watch a play, an opera, or dance theatre.

© tinefoto.com/Martin Steinthaler