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Austrian stadium transformed into a forest

An Austrian football stadium has been transformed into a forest in a statement against climate change and deforestation.

The installation by Klaus Littmann has seen almost 300 trees planted in the Wörthersee Football Stadium in Klagenfurt.

The stadium can hold up to 30,000 spectators and has been taken over for seven weeks by the art installation.

The artwork has been inspired by a dystopian image – ‘The Unending Attraction of Nature’ by Max Peintner – of a world where nature could only be seen in designated spaces, like animals in zoos. Littman told the BBC:

I thought that the idea behind the work was simply fascinating. I decided I wanted to realise the drawing, have it in front of me and experience it in real life.

The 299 trees were all brought in from nurseries and will live on after the project in a planting site near to the stadium, causing as little interference to nature as possible.