One day i was blog-hopping when i came across a blogsite (which i wish that i could locate again) where the writer shared about a person who i had not heard of before. This person was painter, sculpter and architect: Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Initially two things caught my attention about this person- 1) His use of colour and 2) That he liked onion domes.
This initial introduction lead to further exploration….
He had some interesting philosophies, which i found amusing:
Regarding the rights of an apartment renter:
“The apartment-house tenant must have the freedom to lean out of his window and as far as his arms can reach transform the exterior of his dwelling space. And he must be allowed to take a long brush and – as far as his arms can reach – paint everything pink, so that from far away, from the street, everyone can see: there lives a man who distinguishes himself from his neighbours, the pent-up livestock! He must also be allowed to cut up the walls and make all kinds of changes, even if this disturbs the architectural harmony of a so-called masterwork, and he must be able to fill his room with mud or children’s modelling clay.”
Regarding the straight lines one sees around us in our buildings and etc:
“Today we live in a chaos of straight lines, in a jungle of straight lines. If you do not believe this, take the trouble to count the straight lines which surround you. Then you will understand, for you will never finish counting.”
“This jungle of straight lines, which is entangling us more and more like inmates in a prison, must be cleared. Until now, man has always cleared away the jungles he was in and freed himself. But to clear a jungle you must first become aware that you are in one, for this jungle took form stealthily, unnoticed by mankind. And this time it is a jungle of straight lines.”
And he inspires/challenges me in regards to lawn care:
“When man thinks he has to correct nature, it is an irreparable mistake every time. A community should not consider it an honour how much spontaneous vegetation it destroys; it should rather be a point of honour for every community to protect as much of its natural landscape as possible.”
Hundertwasser died on Saturday, February 19, 2000. He was buried on his land in New Zealand, in the Garden of the Happy Deads.
Intrigued?? Learn more about Friedensreich Hundertwasser here.
a video showing a building in Austria that Hundertwasser designed: