There's something special about this little town': Cultural identity and the legacy of Hundertwasser in Kawakawa, New Zealand
Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Communications and Arts
Ten years ago, I predicted that Kawakawa's Hundertwasser toilet block would provide the impetus for its economic recovery (Kaino 2002). In 2012, this prediction has been vindicated. This paper explores how the Hundertwasser toilet block, Hundertwasser's environmental and arts philosophies, and strong memories of his presence in Kawakawa have provided the wellspring for other cultural developments in the town, including a wealth of public art and the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway project. I argue that these cultural developments have shaped a particular structure of feeling and identity with place in Kawakawa, which its youth have inherited.