Photo: Forest inside the stadium
Artist Klaus Littmann turned the Klagenfurt Stadium into Austria’s largest public art installation. The source of inspiration for him was the pencil drawing “The Endless Attraction to Nature” by Max Paintner, where the forest is depicted as an exhibition object. The idea of the drawing was to recall the fragility of nature in its natural state.
Littman also sees his project as a warning that “that nature, which we so often take for granted, can only be found in places specially designated for this, as is already happening with animals in zoos.”
At the football stadium Wörthersee-Stadion, the artist brought the drawing to life. His project had several sponsors, each of whom contributed five thousand euros – as a thank you they will receive unique prints signed by both Littmann and Paintner.
In total, 300 live trees are located in the stadium, forming a mixed forest typical of Central Europe. In its formation, the artist was helped by landscape architect Enzo Enea. After the end of the project, all trees will be planted near the stadium.
The installation is open to visitors until October 27, and all this time the local football club “Austria Klagenfurt” will train at a nearby stadium. Entrance to the stadium is free.