Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser was born Friedrich Stowasser one cold morning on December the 15th, 1928 in Vienna, Austria.

He became one of the best-known contemporary Austrian artists, although controversial, by the end of the 20th century.

Through his life and through his work Hundertwasser connected to nature wherever his extensive travelling took him. His life is a story of a journey towards finding peace within nature.

In 1975 Hundertwasser found his paradise in the heart of the Bay of Islands and made Kawakawa his home. Planting over 60 000 trees on a farm at Kaurinui is his outstanding contribution to conservationism, and Hundertwasser acts as an example of the
need for healing the wounds humans have inflicted on nature over many generations.

His architecture with a ‘human face’ emphasises our interdependence with Papatuanuku (Mother Earth). Plant, animal and human life has to be in harmony and our buildings should reflect the universal laws of nature.

Hundertwasser represented the organic interconnectedness of man and his environment by depicting the earth as the fifth of man's skins. He was a deeply committed conservationist, a warrior in defence of the natural environment, and in the mid-1970s added posters with a conservationist message to his artistic repertoire.

A humus toilet and organic water purification system he developed are beautiful examples of his message to “Make Peace with Nature”.

He died on the 19th February 2000 aged 71 and was buried at Kaurinui near Kawakawa.

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