Let's take a tour through the glorious life that was Friedrich Hundertwasser. Sustainable-minded folks will likely find him quite the refreshing character. First of all, the Regentag.FH acquired her in 1967 in Palermo and sailed it to Venice with Captain Mimmo. There, and in several other ports, he reconfigured it, adding 3 meters, changing the hull and bow shape, and other unthinkable alterations. He felt the Regentag was his home, his country, his headquarters. (No one here can relate to that.) He sailed his home to the Galapagos, Tahiti, and eventually to New Zealand. Later it sunk, but undeterred, he raised it and coated it with ferro-cement! FH has many, many paintings of boats and ships going back to childhood. The ship had many different looks.
The briefest primer on the man can be found in a few of his quotes:
"I want to show how basically simple it is to have paradise on earth. And everything that the religions and dogmas and the various political creeds promise, is all nonsense."
"Why may a human being not do what he needs to do, like a flower?"
"Only those who think and live creatively will survive in this life and beyond."
"The work of the artist is very difficult, because it cannot be done by force, diligence or intelligence."
"I should perhaps like to be known as the magician of vegetation or something similar. We are in need of magic. I fill a picture until it is full with magic, as one fills up a glass with water."
"Everything is so infinitely simple, so infinitely beautiful."
My own fascination with Hundertwasser knows no bounds. I have looked at his paintings for decades and hoped for a while that I might meet him. To me, he is the perfect voice of the human in touch with the enclosure of ecology. With the environment.
There were no limits to his vision. Tell me, why do we not do this:
"Since 1975 Hundertwasser had been preoccupied with the humus toilet and the possibilities of biological water purification, especially the plant purification systems. In all his residences he used humus toilets. He developed various construction plans for the humus toilet and described their function and use. The humus toilet functions in the house, even in living quarters. There is no odor, there are no flies if care is taken to cover the refuse with damp humus. No sewage is needed, no flushing with water, no ventilation duct, no chemicals, not even electricity."