MURAL UNDER COVER AREA 2012
The mural was inspired by the artist, Hundertwasser, 1928 – 2000. His bright colours and fantasy world style is loved by children. The children in art club have been learning about him and creating artworks inspired by him. It felt natural to continue the theme into our mural.
Hundertwasser was also an environmentalist. We have tried to express a feeling of living in harmony with nature, of water being precious and of our connection with the universe.
Here are a few quotes from the artist
“When one dreams alone, it is only a dream. when many dream together, it is the beginning of a new reality.”
“A tree is cut down in five minutes, but it takes fifty years to grow a tree.”
“Save the rain - each raindrop is a kiss from heaven.”
“The colourful, the abundant, the manifold, is always better than mediocre grey and uniformity.”
“We have to negotiate a peace contract with nature and live in harmony with the laws of nature.”
Here is a link to see and discover more about Hundertwasser
We tried to work as architecture doctors to repair and heal the space and make it a place of joy. We hope the whole school community will enjoy our new undercover area and have many hours of fun and games.
“The spiral shows life and death in both directions. Starting from the center, the infinite small the spiral means birth and growth, but by getting bigger and bigger the spiral dilutes into the infinite space and dies off like waves who disappear in the calm waters.”
“The spiral grows and dies like a plant - the lines of the spiral, like a meandering river, follow the laws of growth of a plant. It takes its own course and goes along with it. In this way the spiral makes no mistakes.”
THE ARCHITECTURE DOCTOR
"Our houses have been sick for as long as there have been indoctrinated urban planners and standardized architects. They do not fall sick but are conceived and brought into the world as sick houses. These many houses, which we all endure in their thousands, are unfeeling and emotionless, dictatorial, heartless, aggressive, godless, smooth, sterile, unadorned, cold and unromantic, anonymous and yawningly void.
They are an illusion of functionality. Such is their depressing nature that both their residents and passers-by fall sick. Consider this: while 100 people live in a house, 10,000 walk and drive past it every day; these latter suffer just as much as the residents, if indeed not more so, from the depressing impact of the facade of a heartless house. But the hospitals are themselves sick. Levelling, concentration-camp and barrack-style buildings destroy and standardize the most valuable thing a young person brings to society: spontaneous, individual creativity. Had architects been able to cure these sick and and sick-making buildings, they would not have built them at all. So a new profession is needed: the architecture doctor. The sole task of the architecture doctor is to restore human dignity and harmony with nature and human creation. Without first tearinc everything down, but by making changes only at strategic points, and without great effort or financial resources. This includes deregulating corrected rivercourses, breaking up sterile, flat skylines,
Converting areas of ground into uneven, undulating surfaces, letting spontaneous vegetation grow in gaps between cobbles and cracks in walls, where it disturbs no one, varying windows and irregularly rounding off corners and edges. The architecture doctor is also responsible for even more decisive surgical operations, such as cutting away walls and positioning towers and pillars. We simply need to allow window rights, plant roofs with grass and trees, let climbers grow and install tree tenants. If you let windows dance by designing them in different styles, and if you allow as many irregularities as possible to appear or happen in facades and interiors, houses will recover. Houses will begin to live. Every house, however ugly and sick, can be cured.
Hundertwasser, 24 january 1990