FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature, the installation that transforms a stadium into a forest
Klaus Littman and Enzo Enea designed FOREST The Unending Attraction of Nature, turning 300 trees into a work of art.
Although some still do not want to believe it and others do not think that it is as serious a problem as they make us think, the problem of climate change is a real drama that we are experiencing every day on our skin and that is drastically changing the face of our planet.
Starting from the idea that very soon different species of plants and trees will become something rare to see and that probably the only way to enjoy their beauty will be to enclose them all in special parks – such as zoos for animals -, the artist Klaus Littman, with the help of the architect Enzo Enea, has designed and built FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature, an installation to celebrate nature in all its glory.
Inside the Wörthersee Stadium in Klagenfurt, Austria, 300 trees of different species were planted instead of the field. From 8 September to 27 October, FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature will be visible to the public, who will be able to enter the stadium free of charge, walk on the steps, admire the installation from all sides or simply sit back and watch nature change according to the light and time of day. In addition, the time of year has been chosen to show the effects of the transition from summer to autumn, from when the branches are covered with green leaves to when the ground will start to be covered with yellow and red leaves.
Klaus Littman’s idea was inspired by the 1970 work of artist Max Peinter entitled The Unending Attraction of Nature, which shows a stadium full of people admiring a small forest in the middle of the field. Today that dream has become a reality and must serve as a wake-up call: if in the future we would like to continue to admire nature on the street, in the parks and just outside the city we should all start, seriously, to take care of it, before it is too late.