German artist poses 1,250 Nazi garden gnomes

Discussion in 'OFF-Topic / Misc.' started by Thorlifter, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. Thorlifter

    Thorlifter Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2004
    Messages:
    7,905
    Likes Received:
    189
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Occupation:
    IT Nerd
    Location:
    Dallas, Tx Jubail, Saudi Arabia
    German artist poses 1,250 Nazi garden gnomes - Yahoo! News

    STRAUBING, Germany – A German artist is posing 1,250 garden gnomes with their arms outstretched in the stiff-armed Hitler salute in an installation that he calls a protest of lingering fascist tendencies in German society.

    Artist Ottmar Hoerl posed the gnomes in the historic central marketplace of Straubing, a town in southeastern Germany, on Wednesday. The exhibit called "dance with the devil" is to run through Oct. 19.

    Most of gnomes are black plastic, but about 20 are painted shiny gold.

    Displaying Nazi symbols is illegal in Germany but a court ruled earlier this year that Hoerl's gnomes were clearly satire and thus allowed.

    Hoerl says: "the fascist idea, the striving to manipulate people or dictate to people ... is latently dangerous and remains present in our society."
     

    Attached Files:

  2. beaupower32

    beaupower32 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2007
    Messages:
    1,840
    Likes Received:
    41
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Lancaster, California
    Intresting.
     
  3. Thorlifter

    Thorlifter Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2004
    Messages:
    7,905
    Likes Received:
    189
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Occupation:
    IT Nerd
    Location:
    Dallas, Tx Jubail, Saudi Arabia
    Well, my line of thinking is.......This is art??????

    This is stupid. People's ideas of art sometimes astound me. Like the guy a few years back that did all the "art" with human feces. AND HE GOT A GRANT TO DO IT!!!!!
     
  4. DerAdlerIstGelandet

    DerAdlerIstGelandet Der Crew Chief
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2004
    Messages:
    41,767
    Likes Received:
    684
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    A&P - Aircraft Technician
    Location:
    USA/Germany
    I am surprised they allowed him to do it.
     
  5. Vassili Zaitzev

    Vassili Zaitzev Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2005
    Messages:
    3,099
    Likes Received:
    28
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Occupation:
    Substitute teacher; graduate student
    Location:
    Connecticut, United States
    Really doesn't look like art to me.
     
  6. B-17engineer

    B-17engineer Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2007
    Messages:
    14,953
    Likes Received:
    13
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Occupation:
    model builder
    Location:
    Revis Island.
    **scratches head**

    OK..... :confused: :confused:
     
  7. RabidAlien

    RabidAlien Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2008
    Messages:
    6,592
    Likes Received:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Occupation:
    IT
    Location:
    Hurst, Texas
    I put that in the same category as that "sculpture" of a flagpole leaning at about a 60-degree angle, with people walking up it. Doesn't look like art to me. Looks like a bunch of gnomes that have been mass-produced.
     
  8. vikingBerserker

    vikingBerserker Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2009
    Messages:
    24,064
    Likes Received:
    655
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Korporate Kontrolleur
    Location:
    South Carolina
    I hate Gnome Nazis, they're worse then Illinois Nazis.
     
  9. Heinz

    Heinz Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2007
    Messages:
    7,731
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Occupation:
    Student, Musician, Writer, Thinker, Shelf Stacker...
    Location:
    Melbourne, Victoria
    I actually can see this as art, again the comes down to the individual. Certainly a more interesting way of saying what he is saying than some long boring ranting 'lecture' or an obvious piece of art. This is definately an example of postmodernist art and as such its going cop criticism and praise at the same time.

    Cheers
     
  10. muller

    muller Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2008
    Messages:
    1,546
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Location:
    Hibernia
    Not as bad as Nazi Leprechauns though.
     
  11. GrauGeist

    GrauGeist Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2008
    Messages:
    15,183
    Likes Received:
    2,027
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Public Safety Automotive Technician
    Location:
    Redding, California
    Home Page:
    So a whole freakin' bunch of lawn ornaments all lined up is art?

    Um...ok...so I guess all the big retailers like Target and Walmart that sell lawn ornaments are now modern art museums too?
     
  12. Ferdinand Foch

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2008
    Messages:
    816
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Occupation:
    College Student, sometimes a stock clerk
    Location:
    Stafford Springs, Connecticut
    I hate Illinois Nazis too. You know what, we should go to Illinois and break up there little Nazi gang.
    Nobody can stop us....WERE ON A MISSION FROM GOD!8)

    Now, related to the thread, I guess they can call anything art these days. Man, I miss the days of Impressionism. Money, Gaugin, Van Gogh, Dali. It has to make sense in order for me to call it art.
     
  13. Thorlifter

    Thorlifter Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2004
    Messages:
    7,905
    Likes Received:
    189
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Occupation:
    IT Nerd
    Location:
    Dallas, Tx Jubail, Saudi Arabia
    Did you mean Monet, as in Claude Monet?
     
  14. thewritingwriter89

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2008
    Messages:
    113
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Occupation:
    Student
    Location:
    In a small space capsule
    My analysis...

    The artist is delusional, and thinks he is a reincarnated Hitler. Unable to find fascist sentiments in his fellow countrymen, he indoctrinates 4 German department stores worth of garden gnomes. It's art gentlemen, its art...until gnomes get angry.
     
  15. muller

    muller Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2008
    Messages:
    1,546
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Location:
    Hibernia
    If the gnomes were naked it would be art.
     
  16. Heinz

    Heinz Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2007
    Messages:
    7,731
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Occupation:
    Student, Musician, Writer, Thinker, Shelf Stacker...
    Location:
    Melbourne, Victoria
    Why so much hostility towards the artist? Is this just a good chance to belittle someone or genuine hate?
    Oh and you can buying saluting gnomes?

    While I'm not going to argue art isn't subjective lets not just go on the attack because we don't happen to like or care for it.
     
  17. GrauGeist

    GrauGeist Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2008
    Messages:
    15,183
    Likes Received:
    2,027
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Public Safety Automotive Technician
    Location:
    Redding, California
    Home Page:
    Personally, I think lawn Gnomes are a little bit creepy...

    I don't trust 'em....nope...not one bit...
     
  18. Gnomey

    Gnomey World Travelling Doctor
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2004
    Messages:
    41,710
    Likes Received:
    517
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Doctor
    Location:
    Portsmouth / Royal Deeside, UK
    Home Page:
    Yep, I agree GG. Wouldn't say they were art either...
     
  19. B-17engineer

    B-17engineer Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2007
    Messages:
    14,953
    Likes Received:
    13
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Occupation:
    model builder
    Location:
    Revis Island.
    I love the Travelocity (One of those types of company's) commercials with the Gnomes
     
  20. muller

    muller Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2008
    Messages:
    1,546
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Location:
    Hibernia
    I'd sneak into the middle of all the gnomes with a sharpie and draw a little mustasche under one of the gnomes noses, then it could be a game for the kids to play - Where's Adolf?
     
Loading...

Share This Page