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Philosopher as Farce: Artist Immortalizes Marx as Garden Gnome
Der Spiegel ^ | May 03, 2013 05:48 PM | Sebastian Hammelehle

Posted on 05/04/2013 1:07:43 AM PDT by Olog-hai

Political artist Ottmar Hörl captured headlines far away from his hometown of Nuremberg in 2009 when he created garden gnomes performing Nazi salutes. And now he’s back to making what he hopes will be another controversial statement. In honor of Karl Marx’s 195th birthday, Hörl has spread out 500 plastic figurines of the famous thinker in Trier, the western German city near the border with Luxembourg where Marx was born. …

… “I want to inspire pedestrians to think about Karl Marx in a different way,” Hörl explains while his installation is being set up next to Trier’s historic Roman city gate, Porta Nigra, adding that the German philosopher has often been misinterpreted. …

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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Chit/Chat; Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: gardengnome; karlmarx; leftistart; ottmarhoerl

1 posted on 05/04/2013 1:07:44 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

“Philosopher” sounds so innocuous.


2 posted on 05/04/2013 1:18:31 AM PDT by informavoracious (We're being "punished" with Stanley Ann's baby.)
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To: Olog-hai
Can we get one of a modern communist or would that remind people too much of the (often black) lawn jockeys?


3 posted on 05/04/2013 1:19:04 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Olog-hai

4 posted on 05/04/2013 1:35:00 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Olog-hai

If he really is looking for notoriety, he should try 500 plastic Mohammeds.


5 posted on 05/04/2013 1:53:21 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: Olog-hai

6 posted on 05/04/2013 2:14:50 AM PDT by Daffynition (Stand Your Ground)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Gnomes do kind of represent the authoritarian mindset. They are either stern father figures, or subservient lackeys.

Gnomes as Nazi commanders, or as rigid, inflexible ideologues, need only change costumes.


7 posted on 05/04/2013 3:00:14 AM PDT by alloysteel (Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.)
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To: Hardraade
If he really is looking for notoriety, he should try 500 plastic Mohammeds.

There is a certain notoriety in being murdered on the street and having a note pinned to your chest with a dagger.

But it is not one I would recommend.

8 posted on 05/04/2013 6:28:19 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Olog-hai
I'm a little disappointed, to say the least. From the title, I assumed that the immortalized philosopher would be Groucho Marx.
9 posted on 05/04/2013 8:13:31 AM PDT by Leaning Right
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To: alloysteel

There are analyses on the web that show the Smurf Village to be a model Communist utopia.


10 posted on 05/04/2013 9:37:40 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Olog-hai

“I want to inspire pedestrians to think about Karl Marx in a different way,”

How about Marx as a dirty little man painted with blood standing in dirt and surrounded by piles of garden manure? Or is that too offensive to the idea of the thing that is a garden?

“Fred! This morning you need to go out and de-gnome the garden!”


11 posted on 05/04/2013 2:25:29 PM PDT by Pete from Shawnee Mission
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