In 2020 Paris will have Christo who will wrap the Arc de Triomphe. Austra will boast another XXL project in the city: FOR FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature. This project will take place in autumn, set in the middle of the football stadium Wörthersee in Klagenfurt.
From 9 September to 27 October 2019, the Wörthersee football stadium in Klagenfurt will become the largest public art installation ever seen in Austria.
About 300 trees, some weighing up to 6 tonnes, will be transplanted onto the field to evoke a Central-European forest. Once the forest has been transplanted, it will continue its existence, change colours according to the seasons and attract wild animals.
This forest-work of art was inspired by “The Unending Attraction of Nature”, a drawing evoking a dystopia by the Austrian artist and visionary architect Max Peintner. His visionary drawing was discovered by Klaus Littmann, who explains “wanting to question the way we perceive nature and its future“.
A living memorial
The project, called For Forest, in the very heart of the city, aims to function as a memorial, to remind us that nature, although we often take it for granted, could one day well exist only in dedicated places, such as animals in zoos.
The installation will take on a spectacular dimension thanks to the Wörthersee Stadium, with a capacity of 30,000 spectators. Visitors will be able to observe the trees forming an ever-changing landscape, day and night, lit by natural light or spotlights. At the end of the artistic intervention in the public space, the forest will be replanted with the utmost care and also be accessible to the public, close to the Wörthersee Stadium. It will remain a living “forest sculpture”, says Littmann.