CURRENTLY to the
Presentation and First Day of
Issue of the Commemorative Stamp
"Danube Meadows National
NAME "Sondermarke Nationalpark Donauauen (Hundertwasser)"
ENGRAVING Prof. Wolfgang Seidel
VALUE EURO 0,55
as of 27/09/04
DATE OF ISSUE 22/10/04
ILLUSTRATION and COMMEMORATIVE
BSV Hainburg an der Donau
Obmann Walter Preisser
A-8224 Kaindorf bei Hartberg
Meadows National Park (info) was established at the 27 October 1996 after 18
years of planning. It came to be thanks to the efforts of innumerable
environmentalists supported by prominent Austrian citizens (Arik
Brauer, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Konrad Lorenz, Bernd Loetsch, Guenther
Nenning, to name only a few). It successfully
prevented the clearance of 1.2 million trees in the Hainburger Danube
Meadows because of a planned hydraulic power plant.
read about these dramatic events in the book "Die Schlacht
der Baeume (Battle of the trees) Hainburg 1984" (image), published by Guenther Nenning and Andreas Huber
(1985 by Hannibals).
This action was also actively supported
by Hundertwasser .
Hundertwasser took part in the
campaign to prevent woodland clearing for the construction
of a power plant and to save the river meadows of Hainburg,
to the east of Vienna. He joined the many demonstrators
and camped with them in the river meadows in freezing
He created a poster and donated it
to the Konrad-Lorenz-Volksbegehren /petition for a referendum/
to help save the river meadows and to provide
legal aid for politically persecuted environmentalists.
The Poster and postcard are based on the work 808 The End of
Waters (Catalogue Raisonné,
volume 2, sides 621 and 1028).
commemorate these events of 20 years ago, Mr. Christian Fraissl,
an employee of Danube Meadows National Park Ltd., had the idea to
put work 808 on a stamp. That suggestion was approved by the Austrian
13 November 2003 in Germany, the postal
envelope "Konrad Lorenz'
Birthday" was issued with the stamp "100 Year Anniversary
of the Salzach Bridge" (joint-edition Austria/Germany).
Fifth Meeting of the Hundertwasser Friends
the picture gallery
meeting take place on 22 October 2004 in Hainburg and in the Museum
of Natural History - Vienna, the General Director of which is Professor
Dr. Bernd Loetsch.
To commemorate the meeting a commemorative
"Fifth Meeting" cancellation was used.
on the cancellation
from the first
Gravieranstalt Frank Klingberg, München
The cancellation is based on work 808 "The End
of Waters" and was approved by Joram Harel. The stamp is forest-green
in color to remind the trees of the Danube Meadows.