The Gnomes Project

photo by Ginger Bruner

City of Las Vegas Press Release: “Gnot The Proper Gnomenclature” Exhibition At Las Vegas City Hall
August 21, 2012 – January 17, 2013
Traveling Sculpture Project Joins Numerous City Hall Artworks On Public Display

The public is invited to enjoy “Gnot The Proper Gnomenclature,” two whimsical garden gnome sculptures on display on the second-floor outside patio at Las Vegas City Hall beginning today. The giant gnomes are available for viewing, photos and videos during regular City Hall hours, Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., closed holidays. Visitors can share their visit to the sculptures and become a part of the growing online Las Vegas Gnomes Project community by sending their pictures with the sculptures to “Our Las Vegas,” the Las Vegas Arts Commission’s online public art project found at City Hall is located at 495 S. Main St.

City Hall visitors also can view artwork featured throughout the building’s public areas, including second-floor Terrace, Chamber and Presidential Portrait galleries, and each floor’s lobby. The city’s collection includes many artworks on display by local artists, including Sean Russell and Zak Ostrowski, as well as donated pieces, such as two large heart sculptures designed by Miguel Rodriguez and decorated by artists Dale Mathis (“Touched by an Angel”) and Niki Sands (“Smile with Your Heart”).

A sculpture garden project by Las Vegas artist Jesse Smigel, “Gnot The Proper Gnomenclature” features one reclining lawn gnome, approximately 9 feet long, and a second standing gnome 9 feet tall. Carved from dense foam, the gnomes are hard-coated, painted and sealed. While the artworks are durable, they are not permanent outdoor fixtures. For everyone’s safety, visitors are asked not to climb or sit on the sculptures. As gnomes are “gnown” to travel, the sculptures will remain on display until Jan 17, 2013, and then move to a new location. The sculptures originally made their debut in the city of Las Vegas Boulder Plaza May 3, 2012, during the First Friday celebration.

“Gnot the Proper Gnomenclature” is a Las Vegas Arts Commission Art in Public Places project, a program of the city of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs. The Las Vegas Arts Commission funds public art and oversees the commissioning of artwork located on city property. To view a map of the Arts Commission’s projects, go to and click on Art in the City. Artists may subscribe to weekly national public art opportunities at

For more information about the wide variety of cultural programs presented by the city of Las Vegas, go online to For a listing of changing exhibitions at city of Las Vegas galleries, go to

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During May, visitors to the Gnomes sculptures in Boulder Plaza were invited to send us their pictures with the Gnomes.

Click here to visit the The Gnomes Gallery!

Below we feature documentation by Our Las Vegas Lead Photographer Ginger Bruner of the creative process and transport of the sculptures.

Gnomes Placement. May 3, 2012 Video: Ginger Bruner

Gnomes on the Move. May 3, 2012 Video: Ginger Bruner

“Gnomes on the Move #2” Sculpture transport from artist’s studio to Boulder Plaza. May 3, 2012. Photograph by Ginger Bruner.

Gnomes on the Move #1″ Sculpture transport from artist’s studio to Boulder Plaza. May 3, 2012. Photograph by artist Jesse Smigel.

Artist Jesse Smigel in quiet contemplation with his Gnome sculptures. Photograph by Ginger Bruner.

Gnome sculptures in artist’s studio await transport to Boulder Plaza. Photograph by Ginger Bruner.

Artist Jesse Smigel busy at work in his studio completing one of his sculptures. Photograph by Ginger Bruner.

Artist assistant Ashley carefully painting one of the Gnome sculptures. Photograph by Ginger Bruner.

Inspiration source: small ‘off the shelf,’ store-bought lawn gnome in artist Jesse Smigel’s Las Vegas studio. Photograph by Ginger Bruner.

rev. 19:30 PDT September 18, 2012