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.
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