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Art is the bridge between man and nature.
The artist can only be a mediator between man and nature if he has special antennae, if he is a medium, as it were, a receiving station, if he can listen, if he can be a tool for this certain something which comes from somewhere else. If he can throw open gates to another, better, more beautiful world, to a more genuine world. And that is a parallel world. That is a world which we sometimes get hold of in dreams.
As art is a bridge between man and nature, it is of utmost importance that one compares what one does with the achievements, with the creativity of nature.
That is the whole secret of art, a metaphor of art, finding the bridge to nature. The further away one is removed from nature, the more art fails. One of the most important secrets of nature is how it works, that is, how the cycle works, the cycle from life to death. That is why I used the symbol of the spiral, for example, which is a symbol of life and death, of expansion and concentration. Its origin from almost nothing and its vanishing in infinite space, the origin from infinite space and death at the smallest point.
for if one is in union and harmony with nature and the environment, one has no need for art, one is art, one is nature, one is in everything one does, in thinking and actions and deeds, in unison with the eternal laws of the cosmos, and one needs no substitutes, one of which is, unfortunately, art
From: TAPE-RECORDED LETTER BY HUNDERTWASSER
TO THE STUDENTS OF THE MASTER SCHOOL AT THE ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS IN VIENNA, 1982
Nature, art, creation are the same. It’s just that we have separated them. If we rape the creation of nature and if we destroy the creation in us, we destroy ourselves. Only nature can teach us creation, creativity. Our real illiteracy is the inability to be creative.
From: CONCRETE UTOPIAS FOR THE GREEN CITY, 1983
An ecologist without a conscience is doomed to failure, and the same is true of an artist who does not bow to the laws of nature.
From: THE PARADISE DESTROYED BY THE STRAIGHT LINE, 1985
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