ABOUT FOR FOREST
FOR FOREST – The Voice for Trees is a global initiative that focuses on the protection of forests and on solutions to challenge the climate crisis. FOR FOREST has its roots in the well-known “forest in the stadium”, Austria’s largest art intervention in public space up to now. The art project “FOR FOREST – The Unending attraction of Nature” 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.
Attracting attention & creating solutions to challenge the climate crisis
FOR FOREST gives the forest a loud voice and attracts attention by supporting projects and initiatives that focus on forests in a sustainable, eco-friendly and creative way. FOR FOREST gives the trees a stage, especially through artistic projects.
Forests are the breath of the earth and acting responsibly towards our planet is the only way to go. For there can be no life without trees.
Villa FOR FOREST
Viktringer Ring 21
A-9020 Klagenfurt am Wörthersee
WHAT HAS FOR FOREST PLANNED FOR 2020?
FOR FOREST is a Leading Partner of the climate conference „Austrian World Summit“ on 17th of September 2020 in the Hofburg of Vienna. The AWS is under the patronage of Arnold Schwarzenegger and of federal president Van der Bellen who initiated this international climate conference together to ensure more climate action on every level.
Visit austrianworldsummit.com for further information about the programme and about the kirtag in Vienna.
This festival is known for its diverse plays and cabarets. This year, it will also present a play based on a book by Mira Lobe: The Little City Roundabout. In this story, the mayor of a small city at the edge of a forest is planning on clearing the forest to expand his city. The children of the city and a little wood-spirit will not let this happen and come together to keep their beloved forest.
The Filmhof Festival has a green event certification.
Around 10 trees from the art project “FOR FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature” will move to the Freiheitsplatz in Graz in spring/summer 2021 to be placed in the forest of the Climate-Culture-Pavilion. This project realised by Breathe Earth Collective for the city’s Kulturjahr is a prototype for cooling cities down. The Climate-Culture-Pavilion will be a platform that will connect different initiatives and projects and give them the possibility to experience and discuss climate-related topics.
THE STORY BEHIND FOR FOREST
“FOR FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature” turned the Wörthersee Stadium of Klagenfurt, which can hold up to 30,000 spectators, into a scene of contemporary art and nature.
Inspired by the drawing “The Unending Attraction of Nature” (1970/71) by Max Peintner (born in 1937), Klaus Littmann placed 299 trees on the football pitch from 8 September to 27 October 2019. From the stadium stands, visitors were able to admire the spectacle of trees, day and night, under natural light or by floodlight. 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 some animals in zoos.
The whole stadium became a work of art for two months and opened discussions about ecology, art, nature and superficiality while attracting attention to environmental issues. People were given a chance to question themselves, their perception as well as what seems to be self-evident in our world.
“Nature itself is the synthesis of the arts, and for precisely this reason, it is worthy of this small dedication.” (Klaus Littmann)
The project was initiated by the artist and international contemporary art mediator Klaus Littmann (Littmann Kulturprojekte: www.klauslittmann.com). 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.
Enea GmbH (Rapperswil / Switzerland) was responsible for the trees in the stadium and the design of the forest. Enea Landscape Architecture is a prominent, world-renowned company for landscape architecture, specialised in custom-built gardens and parks for both private and public spaces. The forest was modelled on the colours and textures of a European mixed woodland thanks to 299 trees, 8 – 14m tall, that were sourced from selected tree nurseries. Because they grew in tree nurseries, the trees were transplanted every 4 to 5 years and were therefore prepared for the transplantation in the stadium.
Enzo Enea chose 16 different types of trees for FOR FOREST:
- Silver Fir (Abies alba)
- Field Maple (Acer campestre)
- Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)
- Sycamore Maple (Acer pseudoplatanus)
- Italian Alder (Alnus cordata)
- Hanging Birch (Betula pendula)
- European Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)
- European Beech (Fagus sylvatica)
- European Ash (Fraxinus excelsior)
- Larch (Larix kaempferi)
- Austrian Pine (Pinus nigra)
- Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
- European Aspen (Populus tremula)
- English Oak (Quercus robur)
- White Willow (Salix alba)
- Silver Lime (Tilia tomentosa)
Before the installation was put into place, load distribution boards were laid across the entire surface in order to protect the stadium turf. The trees were then placed according to Enzo Enea’s design, the root bales were tied to a wooden construction using securing straps. An authentic forest floor was then created between the trees.