Hundertwasser Me

Blueprints in a cacophony of color
design my living loving house.
Angleless corners round flowing rooms,
textured floors pad souls on soleless feet.

One winding willow tree, rooted in love
grows up through every floor.
Climbs beyond skylight so all will see,
budding tiara atop our greening roof.

Two forms of light magically illuminate.
I-believe-claps activate sun in every space.
Twinkle twinkle little star releases scrim,
sparkles day dreams, night time’s too.

Inside is outside in my paneless house.
Plantings nourished from within,
grow and bloom beyond the sash.
Our family lives with open doors
and all are welcome here.

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Sara hosts Tuesday’s Poetics at dVerse today, the virtual pub for poets. She asks us to build a house within a poem. My imaginary house is influenced by seeing the Hundertwasser House in Vienna many years ago. Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Vienna artist and architect, 1928 – 2000. Painting on top left is Hundertwasser House in Moonlight, color lithograph based on the original by Karl Goldammer, 1995. Photo on right is the actual Hundertwasser House, public housing on the corner of Lowengasse / Kegelgasse, Vienna. Third image is his painting: The 30 Days Fax Painting, 1994 and gives you a sense of his style as a painter. He defied the straight line and believed in the poetic quality of inhabited space: irregular alignments of windows, the spatial integration of trees and wavy lines in his urban plans. Uneven floors and undulating rough cast walls, tree-roofs, bearded windows, and tree tenants were features of his architecture.

43 thoughts on “Hundertwasser Me

  1. kanzensakura March 7, 2017 / 9:13 am

    What an amazing home. I’d like to think our home says the same thing…all are welcome here. This is one of your best Lillian, a keeper for sure.

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    • lillian March 7, 2017 / 9:18 am

      Thank you! You’ve made my day, Toni πŸ™‚


    • lillian March 8, 2017 / 8:35 am

      If you are ever in Vienna, be sure to see the Hundertwasser house and water plant — and his artwork. I love his work!


  2. Glenn Buttkus March 7, 2017 / 3:08 pm

    I love your dream home; the abode for Ms. Natural, ergonomic & ever so green. I hope the home is in the south cuz it could be pretty drafty in winter. I really pulled out all the stops with my big dreams. It is based on my real, albeit youthful, fantasies & daydreams.

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    • lillian March 8, 2017 / 8:36 am

      In my fantasy home, the world is green with flowers and foliage and it is always balmy so no window panes needed! 😊😎


  3. kim881 March 7, 2017 / 3:11 pm

    I can’t believe this, Lillian! I was going to write about Hundertwasser, one of my favourite artists and architectural philosophers. Vienna is home from home for me and every time I visit I go back to the Hundertwasser House. There is an amazing model of a water fountain he designed there. He even designed underground homes similar to hobbit houses and was a very colourful character, known for painting in the nude! He even designed stamps. He is one person I would have loved to have met. You’ve really captured the colours and atmosphere in this poem. I especially love the first two stanzas.

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    • lillian March 8, 2017 / 8:42 am

      When we were in Vienna, we fell in love with his work — architecture and paintings. We bought a book about him — he was indeed a character! His stamps are amazing! There is a showing of his work coming up here in Boston, but sadly we will be out of the country. We hope to return to Vienna in July 2018 and live there for a month. It is a wonderful place and we both felt its pull! You must write about him — will be getting to reading the house poems in a bit. If you did not for this prompt, then do share for an OLN. Would love to see!!!
      Maybe we could meet up at a real bar in Vienna in 2018! ❀🍷

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      • kim881 March 8, 2017 / 10:40 am

        Now that would be fabulous, Lillian!

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  4. Grace March 7, 2017 / 3:39 pm

    I love your house Lillian with open doors and greening roof ~ The ending is my favorite too, with wide welcoming for everyone ~


    • lillian March 8, 2017 / 8:43 am

      Thank you, Grace. I am still, after all these years past since seeing the real Hundertwasser house in Vienna, enthralled with the idea of tree tenants!


  5. frankhubeny March 7, 2017 / 3:49 pm

    I like how the house and vegetation all work together. Plants would even give square walls a sense of roundness.

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    • lillian March 8, 2017 / 8:44 am

      Exactly! Hundertwasser was opposed to the tyranny of the line!

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  6. Jane Dougherty March 7, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    I used to love Hundertwasser with all the gold bits here and there. Your poem is like that, bright, glittering places full of joy.

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    • lillian March 8, 2017 / 8:46 am

      Thank you! One other artist who glittered with gold was Klimt. His work is beautiful. I think of Hundertwasser as more colorful and haphazardly lively 😊 So glad you enjoyed my post.


      • Jane Dougherty March 8, 2017 / 8:48 am

        Me too! Klimt can come over as rather cold, but Hundertwasser always seems joyful to me.

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  7. Carol J Forrester March 7, 2017 / 4:35 pm

    A beautiful sounding house. I’ve gone for that merging of the outside and in a little bit as well. Bringing the garden and wild into a house is such a lovely thing. Great poem.

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    • lillian March 8, 2017 / 8:47 am

      I am enthralled by the idea of tree tenants! Perhaps that’s why I love my Christmas tree so much?😊❀🌲


  8. Singledust March 7, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    interesting that you wrote paneless house that no one can look in yet your doors are flung open and welcoming, i like that thought though, generosity without prejudice it seems and welcomes all to find comfort and warmth within your space.

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    • lillian March 8, 2017 / 8:50 am

      Hmmmm…I needed to be a bit clearer here .. ah the poetic pen sometimes is too brief. Paneless as in there is no glass … just the open space with plants and tree branches growing through — and also “painless” in the out-loud reading meaning happiness resides here 😊❀

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      • Singledust March 8, 2017 / 4:14 pm

        thank you Lillian, that’s a lovely description, i can be too caught up in my own feelings to see beyond my own misty eyes, i loved it more like this though – open spaces and painless makes happiness very tangible, thank you for sharing your with us


  9. Candy March 7, 2017 / 7:14 pm

    I’d love to visit. And we were on the same wave length as we were building our houses πŸ˜‰

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    • lillian March 8, 2017 / 8:51 am

      Ah…connections across cyber space?😊 Will get to my reading after I get my second cup. β˜•. So glad you enjoyed!


  10. purplepeninportland March 7, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    Love the pictures you posted, Lillian. A winding willow is a perfect touch to your architecture.
    Thanks for joining in.

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    • lillian March 8, 2017 / 8:52 am

      This was a fun one to do. If you are ever in Vienna, do see the Hundertwasser Haus — it is fantastical! 😊❀🌲


    • lillian March 8, 2017 / 8:54 am

      Glad you enjoyed! I deleted the word weeping — just couldn’t have any sadness of any kind in this has so changed it to a winding willow ❀


    • lillian March 8, 2017 / 8:56 am

      Exactly! My fantastical house 😊❀🌸🌹🌲

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  11. sarahsouthwest March 8, 2017 / 5:31 am

    Put the kettle on right now, Lillian, I’m heading over. Your house sounds amazing, full of love and light and growth. Gorgeous.

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    • lillian March 8, 2017 / 8:56 am

      Love your comment here! Smiling I am 😊❀


  12. Manja Mexi Movie March 8, 2017 / 8:18 am

    Excellent. I love Hundertwasser and uneven floors. Do you know that he was born “Stowasser” and changed his surname after finding out that ‘sto’ means ‘hundred’ in several Slavic languages?

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    • lillian March 8, 2017 / 8:58 am

      Did not know that. I have a wonderful book about him — bought after our Vienna visit. Absolutely fell in love with his free flowing full of life architecture and use of bright and vivid colors in his paintings! ❀

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  13. Waltermarks March 8, 2017 / 7:25 pm

    Hundertwasser sounds pretty wild. I guess you get wet in rainy seasons, but never have to water the plants. “I-believe-claps activate sun in every space.” That’s really cute too. Merry Christmas


  14. Mish March 8, 2017 / 11:13 pm

    “Inside is outside”….yes! We were on the same page, which seems to happen often..yours, more eloquently expressed however. I love that you brought in the influence of this wonderful artist.


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