About the Yellow Gnome
This funny yellow gnome is an original creation of Ottmar Hörl in 2006. It represents a standing dwarf with both hands covering his eyes. This gnome is part of the trilogy the Bearers of Secrets: See nothing, Hear nothing, Say nothing”. All our gnomes also come with Artist signature engraved at the bottom, on the back of the dwarf statue.
- Dimensions: 15.75″ x 7.48″ x 6.69″
- Color: Yellow gnome
- Model: See Nothing
- Materials: Molded plastic, made in Germany.
- In and Outdoor use
Special Edition signed by the Artist.
About the Art
Hörl designed his gnomes “See Nothing,”, “Hear Nothing,” “Say Nothing” in the three different poses (respectively covering their eyes, ears, and mouth). Professor Hörl spoke of a “gentle provocation” particularly in the City of Justice. His parade of gnomes arranged in a rectangular form on a gigantic wooden construction certainly provoked some smiles. The comparative political idea, which may be individually interpreted by any spectator, represents an art which seeks to stimulate discussion and doesn’t try to hide in the protected atmosphere of a museum.
Those iconic gnomes refer to the popular pictorial maxim the Three wise monkeys”. The maxim is a 17th-century carving over a door of the famous TÅshÅ-gÅ« shrine in NikkÅ, Japan. The three monkeys, Mizaru, Kikazaru and Iwazaru together embody the proverbial principle to “See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil”. There are also various meanings ascribed to the monkeys and the proverb including associations with being of good mind, speech and action. In the Western World, the phrase is often used to refer to those who deal with impropriety by turning a blind eye.
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 colored gnomes.