On our recent tour of the south sea islands and countries, we were driving around the gorgeous north island of New Zealand when I saw a sign for Hundertwasser Toilets. I had heard something about this but couldn’t believe that we might see them. Who ever thought they might see an original artistic toilet building in the middle of a small town in New Zealand?
Hundertwasser was a famous Viennese twentieth century artist who I studied for my Art and Design diploma years ago. Not only was he brilliant, he was an avid environmentalist. I didn’t know that he had traveled to New Zealand on numerous occasions to stay near Kawakawa on the north island. They commissioned him to design a public toilet building in their main street. Now the whole small town is on the map due to this.
I immediately went into the ladies side and started taking photos chattering to myself about the beauty of everything I saw. I am sure others inside thought that they might need to lock me up. Afterward, I had to buy a few items including a 2018 calendar with loads of his art shown. Who knows, a new series of more modern paintings may result.