“Realizing a thought experiment in spectacular fashion, Klaus Littmann installed a Central European forest in Wörthersee Stadium, Klagenfurt, Austria. “FOR FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature” was comprised of 300 trees erupting from the playing field that constantly changed with the weather and turning of the season. The work drew inspiration from a 1970–71 pencil drawing by Austrian artist Max Peintner, which imagined a time when forests exist only as exhibition objects. Littmann’s installation was equally enthralling and haunting, a timely reminder of the precarious future facing the natural world during the current climate crisis and a rapid increase in deforestation. Viewing the work from the grandstands, it asks if we are content to simply be spectators as our forests are logged and burned or whether more drastic action must be taken to preserve them.”
Nick Mitzevich, Director at the National Gallery of Australia
„FOR FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature” was a temporary art intervention by Klaus Littmann that turned the Wörthersee Stadium in Klagenfurt into Austria‘s largest public art installation from 8 September to 27 October 2019.