May 6-22, Britomart

Head to WORLD in Britomart to check out the huge, brightly coloured, gnomes in their window display!

Popular in working class and suburban gardens for decades, the garden gnome is now somewhat an icon of popular culture. Widely associated with kitsch and the decorative, the little bearded pranksters with paunches are beloved friends that inhabit gardens all around the world. Yet despite their Disney appeal, gnomes have a complex history that reaches far beyond cartoons and pop kitsch. Originating in medieval Europe, gnomes were closely connected with the science of alchemy and were considered guardians of minerals and materials. The word ‘gnome’ itself originates from the Greek ‘gnosis’, or ‘knowledge’.

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About the artist: 

Sculptor Gregor Kregar is known for his works that challenge the traditional meaning of his subjects. Often representing works in a way that displaces traditional interpretations, Kregar imbues his subjects in new and unfamiliar environments or surroundings whilst playing with larger than life scale, different mediums and bright colours.

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Last updated: 22 April 2022