The Gnomes of Jack London Square (Gnomageddon)

Gnomin’ around. Photo by Peter Mowris.

It is impossible to plan for the initially indescribable encounter with great street art. For example, an enterprising artist or group of artists recently installed 68 small paintings of gnomes in the neighborhood near Jack London Square. The small wood panels are at the base of nearly every wooden telephone pole in the area bordered by Broadway, Embarcadero, Jackson, and 880 south. Patrons at the Blue Bottle on the corner of 3rd and Webster had either never noticed the works before, or knew of their existence but had no other information. Anja Cheng thought they were “cute” and “awesome,” while Eric Webb knew of their existence and had been “wondering for a while” who was responsible. Claudia Roeper provided an important clue that another installation existed

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About the author: Peter Mowris

Peter Mowris studied painting and printmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he double majored in fine arts and art history. He began graduate study at the University of Texas at Austin in 2004 and completed his PHD in 2010. Mowris taught modern and contemporary art for almost a decade before beginning work as a Solution Specialist for Managed Artwork, LLC. His interests include the intersections of art and science, Dada, and Surrealism.


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