Klaus Littmann plants forest in Austrian football stadium - architecture and design

Klaus Littmann plants forest in Austrian football stadium

Swiss art curator Klaus Littmann has planted 300 trees in a football stadium in Austria as a "memorial" to the environment in the anthropocene era.
For Forest is replica of a European forest that has been transported to Wörthersee Stadion in Klagenfurt, where visitors can enjoy the spectacle of the leaves changing and falling during autumn.
The installation is Littmann's realisation of a dystopian vision of artist Max Peintner, who imagined a world where trees would only exist like species of animals in a zoo.
Photo by Unimo
"For Forest is very timely as it coincides with growing global discussions and activism linked to deforestation and climate change," Littmann told Dezeen.
"Peintner drew The Unending Attraction of Nature in 1971. At the time, there was only little discussion about climate change and deforestation. I discovered the drawing in the 80s at an art exhibition," said Littmann. "It took me nearly 30 years to realise this project but never has the timing of one of my projects been so spot on."

Trees are one of the defining symbols of the anthropocene era ? the period where human activity is the biggest impact on the environment. Deforestation ? whether to clear land for agriculture or industry or as the result of out of control wildfires such as those currently burning in the Amazon ? is a key factor in the emergence of the anthropocene era.

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