Klaus Littmann brings back nature in Austrian stadium

Swiss curator Klaus Littmann has transformed the Wörthersee football stadium in Klagenfurt, Austria, into a native central European forest, in support of today’s most pressing issues of climate change and deforestation.

For forest – the unending attraction of nature marks the country’s largest public art installation to date, with almost 300 trees, some weighing up to six tons each, carefully installed on the existing pitch.

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 colours 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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