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Elwood, the World’s Tallest Concrete Gnome, Iowa

We visited the US Botanic Garden’s annual “Season’s Greenings” display titled “Roadside Attractions” featuring plant-based recreations of iconic sights from across the United States, with G gauge model trains chugging around, below, through and above the displays.

The tallest concrete gnome in the world is dubbed Elwood and lives at the Reiman Gardens of Iowa State University in Ames. It is 15 feet tall and made of 3,500 pounds of steel rebar and concrete. The Reiman Gardens commissioned him for their theme “A Celebration of Garden Ornamentation,” hoping to attract visitors and set a world record for the world’s tallest gnome. Unfortunately, right before completing the project, they heard about an 18-foot-tall gnome that had been built in Poland. Luckily that one was made of fiberglass, leaving the title of “World’s Largest Concrete Gnome” to Elwood.

Building materials: Hat, gourd; beard and hair, roots, driftwood; ears, badam pods; eyes, lotus seeds; eyelids, acorn caps; lips, hickory nut hull; skin, tobacco leaf; body and shoes, gourds; shirt, palm fiber; shovel, driftwood; flower, bell pods

The Mevlâna Museum, posted earlier:

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Julie Oldfield09-Dec-2017 01:20
It looks quite menacing. 🙂 Well exposed.
Martin Lamoon08-Dec-2017 20:24
Brilliant find!
Suzanne Lanthier08-Dec-2017 16:48
Thank you for taking the time to inform people. Very interesting, Helen !
Patrick Goossens08-Dec-2017 16:48
That fluolight sets him of very nicely
bill friedlander08-Dec-2017 16:01
Looks a friendly gnome, wonderful colors. V
Jim Coffman08-Dec-2017 15:58
That would be one big gnome! Nice image of the smaller version..
Tom Munson08-Dec-2017 15:48
Great light on this little guy.