Thursday, August 19, 2010

You've heard of Gaudi, but what about Hundertwasser ?

If you can’t get to Spain to see the architectural and sculptural genius of Antonio Gaudi then keep it local and visit the fantastically amorphous architectural work of Friedensreich Hundertwasser in Napa Valley California.
Wiki link : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedensreich_Hundertwasser

Little known in the U.S., Hundertwasser has only one site specific large scale sculptural piece of architecture in the U.S. , and it is located in beautiful Napa Valley at a winery called Quixote.

Link to this fantastic winery : www.quixotewinery.com

As you round the long sinuous driveway the first thing you see is a shiny gold onion dome juxtaposed against yin and yang landscape.
From Napa Valley Day Trip


From Napa Valley Day Trip



In the foreground the welcoming cascade of soft flowing ornamental grasses sweeps you into the garden.
The background is the jagged volcanic red mountain range that engulfs the Napa Valley.
Very yin and yang.
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From Napa Valley Day Trip


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Is this not to die for !?!? !

PS.- I hear the wines are wonderful. I did not partake due to this being a working day at other locations in the valley, but
I encourage you to try the wines and take in the beauty of Quixote Winery when in the Valley.

12 comments:

Denise said...

This guy needs to have a Terry Gilliam movie made about him, like Baron Von Munchhausen. Amazing! And will add this to the top of the list of NoCal places to visit.

rebecca sweet said...

Very cool place - never been there! Hows the wine?

Desert Dweller said...

To sample their wines, sit under those live oaks, and in some of the spaces to look at the tile work, then wander through the plantings...what a nice day. Very creative design of some great spaces - thanks for sharing.

Stone Art said...

Cool

compost in my shoe said...

I am out in the San Fran area in July 2011. I will put this one on the list. Thanks for the intro!

Christine said...

Fun without being silly. What an enchanting afternoon!

chamomilla said...

Here in central Europe he is very well known - if you like his work, consider visiting Vienna, Austria:


http://www.google.cz/images?hl=cs&q=hundertwasser+house&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=7LNyTKj1No2LOITv4PEK&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CCsQsAQwAA&biw=984&bih=525

lauren Scheuer said...

Oh my goodness. I've always loved his artwork, but had no idea he did 3-d art too! Thank you for the tremendous inspiration.

Wenche said...

Wow wonderful, never know about this hause.he was very popular in Europa i the 60ties.

Alice Joyce said...

Fantastic to learn about QUIXOTE!
Years ago I had friends that would go on and on and on... about Hundertwasser.
I had no idea this site specific work existed and now I want to find a day to see it for myself.
Thank you, dear Deviant Deziner, for an enlightening post.
p.s. I do hope you see this very belated comment. I'm playing catch-up with blog reading.

Steve said...

This is wonderful! I find this pretty exciting myself. I did not know of the man nor the site here and I find myself wanting more. Gaudi has always been a particular hero of mine and this man surely seems to exist in that category of fascinating. Thanks so much for the information and post!

Genevieve said...

That is seriously gorgeous, Michelle. Thanks for the encouragement to visit next time I'm in the area. What crazy attention to detail. It's like the architecture is singing.