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Artist Klaus Littmann fills an Austrian football stadium with 300 trees

SK Austria Klagenfurt fans will see more than their football team hit the turf at Wörthersee Stadium this season: the Austrian venue is brimming with some 300 trees.

Artist Klaus Littmann created the gargantuan installation, dubbed FOR FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature after seeing a drawing of the same title by Max Peintner 30 years ago. It depicted a dystopian future where nature existed solely as an exhibition piece, viewed in a grand stadium.

Artist Klaus Littmann fills an Austrian football stadium with 300 trees
Klaus Littmann FOR FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature, art Intervention 2019, Wörthersee Stadium Klagenfurt, Austria. Photography: Gerhard Maurer

The artist has teamed up with Enea Landscape Architecture to realise Peintner’s vision. They’ve planted a ‘micro forest’ of European species in the football stadium, including silver birch, ash, common oak, white willow and Scots pine trees in the venue – some of which weigh up to six tonnes.

Seats peek onto the tree canopy
Klaus Littmann FOR FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature, art Intervention 2019, Wörthersee Stadium Klagenfurt, Austria. Photography: Gerhard Maurer

The installation is the biggest public artwork in Austria and will run 9 September – 27 October 2019. After that, the living’ forest sculpture’ will be replanted on a scale of 1:1 on a site close to Wörthersee Stadium.

In the meantime, SK Austria Klagenfurt will play their home games at nearby Karawankenblick Stadium.

Artist Klaus Littmann fills an Austrian football stadium with 300 trees
Klaus Littmann FOR FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature, art Intervention 2019, Wörthersee Stadium Klagenfurt, Austria Photography: Gerhard Maurer
Artist Klaus Littmann fills an Austrian football stadium with 300 trees
Klaus Littmann FOR FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature, art Intervention 2019, Wörthersee Stadium Klagenfurt, Austria. Photography: Gerhard Maurer

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