This is the ‘pair’ to the Mishima Sludge Factory (see last upload) – this beauty is the Mishima Incineration Plant. This complex is fairly close to the sludge factory (about a block away).
I had to shoot high with a lot of these, as the ground level was pretty uninspiring (not very well looked after).
As some commentators mentioned in the previous upload, the architect behind these is an Austrian, Hundertwasser, and is very typical of his work.
"Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser, born Friedrich Stowasser, (December 15, 1928 – February 19, 2000) was an Austrian painter, architect and sculptor.
Born in Vienna, he became one of the best-known contemporary Austrian artists, although controversial, by the end of the 20th century.
Hundertwasser’s original and unruly artistic vision expressed itself in pictorial art, environmentalism, philosophy, and design of facades, postage stamps, flags, and clothing (among other areas). The common themes in his work utilised bright colours, organic forms, a reconciliation of humans with nature, and a strong individualism, rejecting straight lines.
His art life began when he was at vienna, he became fasinated with the work of a person known as Egon Schiele and so unknowingly his art life began.
He remains sui generis, although his architectural work is comparable to Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926) in its biomorphic forms and use of tile. He was also inspired by the Austrian of the Vienna Art Nouveau (Vienna Secession) movement’s traditions, and by the Austrian painters works Egon Schiele (1890 –1918) from an early date, and Gustav Klimt (1862, 1918). Hundertwasser’s original style was often compared to that of Gustav Klimt.
He was fascinated with spirals, and called straight lines "the devil’s tools". He called his theory of art "transautomatism", based on Surrealist automatism, but focusing on the experience of the viewer, rather than the artist.
Hundertwasserhaus in Vienna
Although Hundertwasser first achieved notoriety for his boldly-coloured paintings, he is more widely renowned today for his revolutionary architectural designs, which incorporate natural features of the landscape, and use of irregular forms in his building design. Hundertwasserhaus, a low-income apartment block in Vienna, features undulating floors ("an uneven floor is a melody to the feet"), a roof covered with earth and grass, and large trees growing from inside the rooms, with limbs extending from windows. He took no payment for the design of Hundertwasserhaus, declaring that it was worth it, to "prevent something ugly from going up in its place".
He felt that standard architecture could not be called art, and declared that the design of any building should be influenced by the aesthetics of its eventual tenants. Hundertwasser was also known for his performance art, in which he would, for instance, appear in public in the nude promoting an ecologically friendly flush-less toilet.
Incinerator works in Vienna
On July 4, 1958 he read his celebrated and controversial Verschimmelungs-Manifest, the so-called Mould Manifesto against rationalism in architecture, in the abbey of Seckau. "A person in a rented apartment must be able to lean out of his window and scrape off the masonry within arm’s reach. And he must be allowed to take a long brush and paint everything outside within arm’s reach. So that it will be visible from afar to everyone in the street that someone lives there who is different from the imprisoned, enslaved, standardised man who lives next door."
In 1972 he published the manifesto Your window right — your tree duty: planting trees in an urban environment was to become obligatory: "If man walks in nature’s midst, then he is nature’s guest and must learn to behave as a well-brought-up guest." He died at the age of 71."
Posted by >dai oni on 2009-03-17 13:33:49