Hundertwasser

Now, on to an artist I really felt inspired by on my search for visual research…

Hundertwasser was an Austrian-born artist and architect, who also designed many things – from postage stamps to a potential new flag for New Zealand. Despising the straight line, referring to it as “The Devil’s Tools”, he incorporated swirls, spirals and irregular forms in both his artwork and the architecture he produced – he also believed that conformist, monotonous, dull structures within a town or city can contribute to the misery in the life of people and make everything look sterile and cold. He demanded creative freedom and individual expression in the design or decoration of buildings. And it was with these ideals that he constructed – or re-constructed, as it were – his architecture, particularly choosing buildings that were on the market to remake as he didn’t wish for something ugly and boring to be utilising that space when he could create something exciting and creative. He also used natural resources to help with the creation of his structures; roofs were carpeted with grass, trees were planted within the rooms and poked their branches from out of the windows, etc.

Although I don’t have much to say for his art, thinking it quite simple and childlike, I do really enjoy the sight of his architecture. I understand his point of view when it comes to the sterile nature of structures and how a bit of brightness and irregular form could bring a small smile to the faces of all the passers-by, not to mention it would force them to fully observe a building they normally would simply walk passed and not take any notice of. To me, his work looks like architectural patchwork and I like how the apartments are made to look as though they don’t wholly fit together neatly – like a child’s building blocks, it looks precarious and random. Yet, you know that the structure is perfectly sound. The use of nature growing from the window and from the top of the roof is also a lovely element, as though he wanted to bring the country into the city and allow nature itself to grow wild and “take over” the man-made concrete of the building.

If it’s possible, I’d really like to try going for a Hundertwasser appearance to my den design. An irregular form would make it interesting and break it away from the conventions of what most people see as dens.

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