Paulette Meldrum – Architecture – Hundetwasser Public Toilets, Kawakawa New Zealand
I chose this building as it is unique in New Zealand and my late sister in law was involved in the project. I have been to Kawakawa several times and this toilet is certainly a must see for tourists. My sister in law had a gift shop called “Grass Hutt” (it is still there) and there is also a sweet shop nearby and both feature the same columns which are a Hundertwasser feature and grass on the roof. An unusual feature of the toilet building is the tree growing up through the middle.
Construction method: hand dyed background, dyed fabric, photo transfer of photos taken on location using TAP and stencils. Three stencils were made – mosaic tiles, a column and the coloured glass bottles which are features of the building and let in amazing coloured lighting. The stencils once on the quilt were completed with fabric, fabric paints, ink pens, coloured pencils and stitching. Another feature of the building is the NZ Koru design which can be seen at the back of the photograph of an actual bottle panel. The quilt was finished with curved quilting to echo the shape of the columns.