Just carrying a ruler with you in your pocket should be forbidden,
at least on a moral basis. The ruler is the symbol of the new illiteracy.
The ruler is the symptom of the new disease, disintegration of our civilization.
For Hundertwasser, human misery was a result of the rational, sterile, monotonous architecture, built following the tradition of the Austrian architect Adolf Loos, author of the modernist manifesto Ornament and crime (1908).
He called for a boycott of this type of architecture, and demanded instead creative freedom of building, and the right to create individual structures. 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."
1. 'Spiralental' decorative plate, 1983. Earthenware.
2. The last grand project built by architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000), a Rogner spa in Bad Blumau, far eastern Austria.