Artist’s Nazi Gnomes Occupying German Town

10/15/2009 12:19 PM |

Ottmar Hoerl nazi gnome sculptures

While the art world’s eyes are trained on London and the Frieze Art Fair, conceptual artist Ottmar Hoerl has orchestrated a sneak attack in the town of Straubing in southern Germany. The Daily Mail reports that Hoerl’s public installation “dance with the devil” (pictured) features some 1,250 garden gnomes painted black and gold doing the Nazi salute in the town square, and is intended as a commentary on the persistent fascist tendencies in German society. Hoerl told the Mail: “The fascist idea, the striving to manipulate people or dictate to people …is latently dangerous and remains present in our society.” No word on how the townsfolk are living with the invasion, which remains on view through October 19. (Artinfo)