Have you ever thought of a public toilet as a piece of art? Are you looking for a new experience? Well, New Zealand art scene has something incredible to offer!
We were on our way to discover the Northland Region of New Zealand, the very top of the North Island, looking forward to see where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean when we got really hungry and decided to stop at the next occasion. By chance, the next town was Kawakawa, a tiny little place along the road. It quickly turned out that it was not just a regular town! It was home to the world famous Austrian artist-architect of the 20th century, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, who spent his last years living in New Zealand! And he designed this toilet here! :)
Being a fan of Hundertwasser myself, I was so absolutely surprised to discover the most beautiful mosaic restrooms in the world! And somehow it totally slipped out of my mind that he came to New Zealand to pursue his dreams and bond with nature in his last years.
The Kawakawa toilet project is special in many ways.
- This is the only piece of art of Hundertwasser in the Southern Hemisphere and his last big project.
- It is probably the most photographed public toilet in the world, as such, becoming a real tourist attraction.
- Hundertwasser was personally very involved in the making and supervising the works, he also provided some materials from his own studio.
- It has a green rooftop and even a tree integrated into the building, reflecting the environment friendly approach of the artist.
The colourful tiles and bottles integrated into the wall, the copper artwork and the creativity filling this space will definitely make your 2 minutes' break memorable. :)
If you wish to discover more about Hundertwasser's inspiring and colourful art, click here.
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