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June 5, 2017

These Tiny People Are Not Part Of The Human Gnome…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I’m one of those people who looks at a gnome and says “isn’t that sweet?”, but if Himself bought one home to put into our garden, I’d also be saying “Over my dead body!”.

Luckily there is no chance of this scenario actually happening in real life because we live in an apartment and have no garden, also, Himself detests gnomes.

In the 2016 Garderen Sand Sculpture festival however I found, what for want of better words could be called a “Gnome Garden”.

Fittingly the area was small but bursting with gnomes, so I could indulge a tiny fix of cuteness and then happily walk away.There were gnomes doing every day tasks such as washing and hanging out laundry, other just relaxing, like the one in a hammock.

I’m intrigued with the way human beings give human traits to animals or inanimate objects: talking M&Ms, the dog on a local supermarket TV advert “singing” part of the song that the “family” sings, trees talking to animals and insects (who are often also clothed) and the like. Gnomes are not only clothed inanimate objects, they are also tiny likenesses of people, a strange combination of both these trends.

For people who love these, what ever floats your boat, just never ever gift one of these to me please.

Rien Poortvliet soured to worldwide fame with his book on gnomes, so this little garden is called “The Gnomes” and the information text translates as: “In the mid 70’s Rien Poortvliet and Wil Huygen decided to write a semi-researched book about the life and works of the gnome. The pleasure of the writers in their authorised nonsense is evident in every page of this book. It describes in minute detail the life of these miniature people.

The book became very popular all around the world. This year (this was written in 2016) it is 40 years ago that the book was published and we celebrate that!” Fulfilled by my small fix of cute, like it then leave it small inanimate creatures, I take my leave and move on to the next exhibit.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Wikipedia / Dutch Artist / Rien Poortvliet / Gnomes
Garderen Sand Sculpture Festival

5 Comments »

  1. I don’t have any gnomes in my garden (but I kinda want one or three! 😉 )

    Comment by Carrie — June 12, 2017 @ 1:12 am | Reply

    • Carrie,
      Would you want them because you genuinely love them? or are you like me and a little look (fix) is enough because you like them but am not sure if you wanted to live with them full time?

      Comment by kiwidutch — June 12, 2017 @ 6:49 pm | Reply

      • I am a full-on kitsch-a-holic so I love anything a little bit weird and kooky ^_^ I just don’t have any in my garden because I haven’t seen any out “in the wild” to purchase that I liked 😉

        When I am old I will probably be the person with the yard full of weird sculpture and “art” lol

        Comment by Carrie — June 12, 2017 @ 6:52 pm | Reply

      • Oh yes, eclectic for sure! 🙂 Can’t say I would go for the stabby gnome but I kinda like this dude with the sunglasses and leather jacket! lol https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cool-Garden-Gnome-Shatterproof-PVC/dp/B00DSA07SO

        Comment by Carrie — June 12, 2017 @ 7:23 pm | Reply


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