The Mino Garden Gnome Will Feed Your Plants Before It Disappears from Your Garden

by , 01/18/12

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Giovanni Tomasini‘s Mino Garden Gnome is a much more enterprising dwarf than those past. Despite its jazzy colors, the classic gnome we’ve all come to love is a melancholic figure, condemned to a purely decorative function within a domesticated and artificial environment. In Tomasini’s modern take, the 17th century gnome is given the job of tending to a garden for a season, after which he then disappears, leaving a bounty of plant food in his place. Crafted by hand, each Mino is made from home composted materials that have been packed into a gnome mold and then left to dry.

+ Giovanni Tomasini

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  1. JulieDT September 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Now that they were in the NY Times, is there a way to purchase them, yet?

  2. giovanni tomasini January 21, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Hello IvyT!
    I hope you can see soon, on store shelves MINO!
    We are currently looking for a company wishing to invest in the project, and put it on the market. Children love it, and we are trying to introduce it in Italian schools, like a tool to teach waste’s recycling and composting in a fun way.
    Giovanni Tomasini

  3. IvyT January 18, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Where can I purchase one of these little beauties?

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