Sunday, July 24, 2005
Much has been written & said about Fredrick Hundertwasser, artist & architect who was born in Vienna, Austria. Here was a great architect who battled the straight lines. Among the gloriously idiosyncratic structures he designed are the Das Haus in Vienna.; the Hotel Rogner-Bad in Blumau and this public loo in Kawakawa, New Zealand. Hundertwasser knew intutively that a major part of a buildings function was to bring joy to its users and to those who passed by. Logical buildings don't attract tourists, but this public loo does. It has been said, that when you answer the call of nature, it is such that you feel like that you want to settle in with a good book. (A comment from a friend, Muggins, at the time about Barb - our avid reader and bookworm reviewer was... Maybe we could send "Bookworm" up there and hope it inspires her to live there - permanently !!!) The locals have apparently accepted the loo, as police have even found cannabis (which is illegal in NZ) growing on the roof.