Tenets of Fecology by Hundertwasser

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I finished reading the book about Hundertwasser a while ago, but cannot stop thinking about this “shit”!. To my mind Hundertwasser was probably the first eco-conscious artists (if you want to call it that?) I also wanted to quote this from his book, but found it on Nara’s Blog and decided to reblog it for your reading pleasure……… “Why are we ashamed? What are we afraid of? What actually happens to our shit afterwards is something we ignore, like death.”

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I am the founder of Fecology, but I couldn’t have written this better!

I read this elaborate text on shit and humus (compost) toilets by Hundertwasser before, but I really read it only now. This should be included in every textbook in every school in every country in the world. Please, read every sentence slowly and let it sink in, let it echo, let it produce a reflection and awaken the deep love of shit in you:

“Vegetation has taken millions of years to cover the sludge, the toxic substances with a layer of humus, a layer of vegetation and a layer of oxygen, so that man can live on earth, but ungrateful man then fetches the sludge and the toxins, covered with painstaking cosmic care, back up to the earth’s surface.

Thus the atrocious act of irresponsible man makes the end of the world the same as the beginning of…

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About gnomes and a god…

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I am currently reading a lovely book about the artist known as Hundertwasser.

Since I was a little girl I have been fascinated by garden gnomes

My grandmother, me and  a garden gnome

My grandmother, me and a garden gnome

So its not surprising that I loved this quote from the book about Hundertwasser :

“A fertility god, Priapus, was the god of gardens, their protector.

Priapus of Ephesus

Priapus of Ephesus

It takes little imagination to understand the suppression of this phallic deity by the Christian world, his replacement by a usurping dwarf lacking a huge (fertilizing) penis and the final neutralizing of this figure as a harmless ninny – where once a wise and powerful figure presided.  Art explores its own implications;  it carries us forward.  Simultaneously, it acts to remind us of what we forget, much as do garden dwarfs.”

p 186 Hundertwasser by Harry Rand (Taschen)

gnomes in the garden of my children's school

gnomes in the garden of my children’s school

on page 187 it goes on to say:

“Yes, he (the garden gnome) is the symbol of fairy tales.  People cannot live without dreams.  He symbolize that dream.  He is dreaming the dream which people sometimes have not the time to dream.

The architects hate it.  For a rational architect the worst enemy is the garden dwarf…..the worst thing you can do for him, the worst offence, is when you invite him to dinner and you put a garden dwarf on the table.”

p187 from Hundertwasser by Harry Rand (Taschen)

I am in the mood of organizing a dinner party with lots and lots of gnomes around the table!