nature “in the spotlight” in Klaus Littmann’s new project
The Kulturstiftung Basel H. Geiger Cultural Foundation (KBH.g) presents a new two-part project dedicated to nature as a work of art. The premiere, “Arena for a Tree,” is Klaus Littmann’s latest artistic intervention, open to the public from April 27 to May 24 at Münsterplatz in Basel, Switzerland. The work is accompanied and contextualized by the “Tree Connections” exhibition, which can be visited from May 11 to July 11 in the exhibition space of the Foundation.
In line with Littmann’s artistic research, “Arena for a tree” and “Tree Connections” are both dedicated and inspired by nature. Littmann’s interest in the natural realm is well known to the general public for interventions such as “For the Forest – Nature’s Endless Attraction” (2019), for which Littmann brought a real forest to life in the stadium. Wörthersee in Klagenfurt, Austria.
In “Arena for a tree”, a solitary tree is positioned in the center of an arena accessible to the public. The basket-like structure mimics the irregularities and twists of a tree. With a diameter of 12 meters and a height of 8 meters, the Arena – designed in collaboration with Schnetzer Puskas Ingenieure – can accommodate up to 50 people. At first glance, the work might suggest a “denaturalization” of the tree into a work of art to be contemplated and protected. On the contrary, the artistic intervention proposes to erect the tree itself as a symbol, an “ambassador” of nature, as well as a testimony to the exhibition and its message. The tree was carefully selected by Swiss landscape architect Enzo Enea, not on the basis of aesthetic considerations, but considering its possible integration into the Basel tree population and the long-term adaptation of its species to the conditions. changes caused by global warming.