About the Silver Gnome
This silver gnome sculpture is an original creation of Ottmar Hörl in 2012. It represents a standing gnome with his right arm stretched in front of him making the victory sign. The artist came up with this Silver Gnome as a response to the regular riots instigated by football hooligans after the games. The Victory Gnome represents a communicative impulse as well as a supporters’ trophy for peaceful interaction. All our gnomes come with a Hörl Certificate of Authentification engraved at the bottom.
- Dimensions: 15.75″ x 7.48″ x 6.69″
- Color: Silver gnome
- Model: V sign
- Materials: Molded plastic, made in Germany.
- In and Outdoor use
Special edition signed by the artist.
About the Art
The V sign has various meanings, depending on the cultural context and also its representation. It has been used to symbolize the letter V” as in Victory”, especially by Allied troops during World War II. In January 1941, Victor de Laveleye, former Belgian Minister of Justice and director of the Belgian French-speaking broadcasts on the BBC suggested in a broadcast that Belgians use a V for Victoire (French word for Victory”) as a rallying emblem during World War II. Within weeks chalked up, Vs began appearing on walls throughout Belgium, the Netherlands, and northern France. By July 1941, the emblematic use of the letter V had spread through occupied Europe. That same month, Prime Minister Winston Churchill referred approvingly to the V for Victory campaign in a speech, from which point he started using the V hand sign.
This Silver Gnome reminds us to be humble even in the face of victory and show forgiveness towards those who have lost.
About the Artist
Ottmar Hörl was born in 1950 in Nauheim, Germany. He is a renown German artist, art professor, and writer. His work is famous for its whimsicality and uniqueness, but also tends to spark political controversy, particularly with his gnomes.