FOR FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature
With this project, the international renowned artist and art mediator Klaus Littmann will place the Wörthersee Stadium, Austria’s most modern stadium, at the centre of worldwide attention. The project FOR FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature based on a drawing by the Austrian artist Max Peintner, shows the sports arena from a completely new perspective and rarely seen dimension of art intervention.
Enea is responsible for the design of the forest and implementation of the trees in the stadium. The woodland is designed on the Carinthian mixed forest model, featuring its vibrant colours and textures. This orchestration will be dominated by hornbeams and red beeches in their autumn glow. Birch, field- and lace maples are scattered in a granular pattern on the surface. The ambitious project also benefits of Enea’s craftsmanship, as each tree is individually selected and planted by its professionals.
Where the trees come from (Source: FOR FOREST Blog)
“The idea for the intervention is to recreate an authentic Carinthian mixed forest in the Wörthersee Stadium. Unfortunately, during the past 50 years, large areas of mixed forest throughout Europe have been replaced by conifers, in order to keep up with the high demand for lumber. Thus, in search of suitable plants for FOR FOREST, it soon became clear that it would not be feasible to source trees of this size, number and quality locally. To achieve the ambitious project goal of reassembling a mixed forest 40-60 years old, the trees will be acquired from the large nursery regions of Italy, Germany and Belgium. Seeing as there are only three tree-loading sites in Europe which offer highly efficient loading – especially compared to what would probably be 20 loading sites in Austria – the number of journeys will be reduced significantly”. Read more