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Johannes Franz-Figeac: Haus des Baumes (House of the Tree)

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Johannes Franz-Figeac: Haus des Baumes (House of the Tree)

In cooperation with the Akademie der bildenden Künste and the Österreichische Bundesforste AG, Johannes Franz-Figeac has created a walk-in art installation that shows the tense relationship between man and nature and the importance of the forest in times of climate change. The "House of the Tree" offers a retreat for visitors in addition to the individual examination of the topic of the forest.

MQ Forecourt, 10 to 20h

Asymmetrically connected
The tree is a human place of longing.
A house in a tree promises a protected retreat and thus embodies the contradictory in the relationship to nature.

The longing is one-sided. The love unrequited.
Trees store - besides CO2 - events and encounters in their wood.

It is what it is: a community of purpose borne by one-sided utility, to which exaggerated pathos does more harm than good.

Correction of the landscape
At a central and symbolically charged place in Vienna, the artistic concept picks up on this human contradiction to nature and thus creates a paradoxical intervention in public urban space.

1. Approx. 1.2 tons of CO2 are bound in the tree.
2. The annual per capita consumption of CO2 in Austria is 9 tons.
3. Carbon remains in the wood even after it has been processed.
4. This lime tree has already produced about 4.500 kg of oxygen so far.
5. Trees are a natural air conditioner.
6. In summer, it can be 6 degrees cooler in the forest than in the city.
7. 10 percent more green spaces could reduce the temperature rise in cities to one degree over the next 70 years.
8. One cubic meter of wood grows again every second in Austria.
9. Urban trees only have a lifespan of 40-50 years due to their non-optimal environment.
10. Half the area of the city of Vienna is covered by green spaces and water.
11. There are 8.3 million trees in the city of Vienna.
12. 93,000 trees in Vienna are located along streets.

"Forest of the Future" - Message from the Österreichische Bundesforste
Weather extremes are increasing, drought and heat lead to the spread of the bark beetle. Forests are under pressure in climate change and have an important role: they bind the greenhouse gas CO2.
People need the forest. Only with active, sustainable forest management can forests meet all needs and cope with future social and ecological requirements.
future social and ecological requirements.
Nature conservation and land use go hand in hand.


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