Sunday, 3 June 2012

Hundertwasser @ Kawakawa

If you have ever visited Vienna, you will have seen some of Friedensreich Hundertwasser's buildings. They are colourful, weird and out of a similar "stable" as Gaudi - the difference being that Hundertwasser's buildings were finished.

What is rarely known about Hundertwasser is that he lived for the last 25 years of his life in New Zealand, on a farm which he bought in the early 1970's. He became an NZ citizen in 1986 and declared a "Living Treasure" in 1990. His final architectural project was in Kawakawa. I know, you haven't heard of it. It is a tiny mining town in the Northland region of NZ. The project was the public toilets. Here are a few photos.

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