Gnome Chomsky Lawn Art Sure to Politicize Your Garden

Noam Chomsky holding Gnome Chomsky. Photo: Just Say Gnome.
Noam Chomsky holding Gnome Chomsky. Photo: Just Say Gnome.

With the good news that Staten Island Chuck, the city’s resident groundhog, did not see his shadow and thus presaged an early spring, it’s officially not too early to start planning what kind of art to put in your garden this year. One excellent option: the Gnome Chomsky Garden Noam, an unusually philosophical lawn ornament based on linguist, cognitive scientist, activist, and MIT professor Noam Chomsky.

The statue is the work of Just Say Gnome, which hopes its wares will “bring a bit of both humor and peace to people’s lives and will hopefully also inspire deeper political, environmental, and spiritual awareness and reflection.”

There are several versions of Gnome Chomsky: a 17-inch model in either a plain cement finish ($95) or a painted one ($195), and a 12-inch model for $75 or $175. The taller Gnome holds two books, The Manufacture of Compost and Hedgerows and Hegemony, which reference the real-life Chomsky’s tomes Manufacturing Consent and Hegemony and Survival.

Gnome Chomsky is a bit of a viral hit these days, which is both good and bad for those looking to get their hands on one. Previously, Just Say Gnome’s website claimed to be sold out, with gnome-maker Steve Herrington regretting that he was “too busy with other major projects to have time to make and paint any more right now,” while allowing that “I’ll probably get more done someday.” A recent surge of interest has convinced him to restart production, though he warns that he’s “a bit backlogged.”

As a consolation prize: bankrupt airline catalogue Skymall is still accepting orders for its Bigfoot Garden Yeti Statue (see SkyMall is Bankrupt! Buy This Cheesy Art Before It’s Too Late). At $125, the two-foot-high model is a deal by comparison. For those with deeper pockets, nothing beats the novelty of the $2,250 life-size version.

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