Gnome Man’s Land
Amidst the headlines of the Sunday Los Angeles Times, which included stories of fatal car accidents, sex scandals in the Catholic church, and the murder of prostitutes in downtown LA, one article stood out against the gloom and tragedy of the cityâs news to let a glimmer of positivity into the mornings of the paperâs readers. The article was about gnomes â anonymously painted gnomes screwed into telephone poles, to be more precise.
Citizens of Cleveland Heights in Oakland have noticed the friendly artwork for months now, with the latest estimated count being over 2,300 different gnome sightings.
Pacific Gas & Electric, whose telephone poles are among those outfitted with the mythical creatures, experienced an explosion of online dissent when the company announced that it would remove the artwork from its property. After an intense Twitter campaign (#savethegnomes), the electric companyâs spokesperson Jason King calmed the swelling resistance.
âWeâve declared the poles âgnome manâs land,ââ he said.
In a metropolis that could certainly use a little cheer, residents of Cleveland Heights hope the gnomes will continue to brighten the day of sidewalk travelers.
Â Will Beaton is a Freshman majoring in English and Linguistics.