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.

Friedensreich Hundertwasser

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.