meet Friedensreich Hundterwasser

Hundterwasser was an Austrian painter, architect, and  an early environmentalist.  In the commentary for the painting (1971)  pictured here, he wrote “Only when the DIVINE respect of GREEN POWER, only when the love of VEGETATION becomes part of us all, only then can we improve step by step our dying environment.”  His paintings are a flurry of intense color, repeating shapes, dense line work...  His buildings are organic in form, often featuring living rooves, undulating surfaces, and even holes to accommodate pre-existing trees. In his late years Hundterwasser dedicated himself enthusiatically to the environmental movement.  He was a huge advocate of the composting toilet.