The Naughty Gnome

In 1988, in support of a protest concerning a ban on the display of gnomes in a Hamburg housing estate, Jutta and Gunter Griebel created their ‘Knife in the Back’ and ‘Up you Jack’ and ‘Flasher’ gnomes. In the 1990’s they also began producing a range of rude and naughty gnomes including a gay gnome and the Tarzan gnome. All of these were a distinct departure from the appearance of the traditional garden gnome. While many of them were risqué, and some were certainly not suitable for display in a garden, they proved to be a great success among younger people who took them for their humourous rather than decorative value.

Up you Jack, Zwergen Power

Up you Jack, Zwergen Power

This is an extract from our book entitled “gnomeland and introduction to the little people” which is available from our shop here.

What's left of the Modbury Gnome