About Ottmar Hörl - Gnome - Orange Sponti Key Ring (1994/2006)
This colorful and amusing Orange Sponti Key Ring (1994/2006) features one of the iconic middle finger gnomes first displayed by the conceptual contemporary German artist Ottmar Hörl in his sculptural project "Rolling Change" at Seligenstadt in 1994. During the sculptural project "Rolling Change", Hörl displayed 1000 blue gnomes distributed across the city. Although the work was initially intended to be a public work, the artist intentionally allowed viewers in the city to take the amusing gnomes to their homes, thus blurring the lines between public and private works of art. Hörl's "Rolling Change" sculptural project was reissued in 2006 at the Kunst Rai at the Maisenbacher Art Gallery Trier in Berlin.
Ottmar Hörl was born in 1950 in Nauheim, Germany. He is a notable German artist, art professor, and writer. Not only Hörl studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt (1975 / 1978), but also at the Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf (1978 / 1981). In 1985 he co-founded the group Fomalhaut, with architects Gabriela Seifert and Götz Stöckmann.
In 1999, Hörl became Professor of Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg. Eventually, he has been president of the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg since 2005.
A mischievous artist, Hörl’s career has been predominantly about creating public commentary. He used his whimsical sculptures that have a friendly and teasing tone, especially with his gnomes. His work Flying Change staged in Selignstadt in 1994, for instance, placed a thousand blue garden gnomes, smiling and brandishing their middle fingers, all around the city. The intended effect was for the public to take them and move them around, which the townspeople gratefully did.
Add a touch of “trendy activism” in your home or garden decor with Hörl’s gnome statues. They are suitable for inside and out and are all engraved with Sculptor signature as part as a Special Edition Collection.