Garden Gnome Sculpture

My first sculpture in over two years is the Garden Gnome.Garden Gnome This enigmatic figure watches over your garden and makes sure everything is in order. Along with Scarlet Mayhem, this was built from my “east coast collection” during my trip for BrickFest. Detailed photos are available on Flickr, or check out the slide show.

I built the gnome using parts from 3 sets of the LEGO Special Edition tub 6092 which I bought at BrickFest. I bought those sets largely for the red tubs, which use the same lids and are exactly 2/3 the height of the blue tubs from the set that got me into LEGO sculpture, 3033, from a few years ago. Ah, I miss that set…

For more of my sculpture work, check the section of this site and the Sculpture collection on Flickr.

This sculpture, like all the ones I did before (except Maneki Neko) is done entirely with regular LEGO bricks. No SNOT, no unusual shapes, not even any plates. (Maneki Neko has plates in the Japanese coin and SNOT in the claws.) Should I go for more detail by using such parts or stick with basic bricks? Let me know (by posting a comment) what you think.

Update: Photos are now also on Brickshelf, and I posted about this on

11 thoughts on “Garden Gnome Sculpture”

  1. Very nice. I may have to try to do one for my sister who has a love/hate relationship with garden gnomes. Perhaps I will build it and leave it in her garden one night. :)

    I escpecially love the detail of the belt loops. Many would simply ignore them so well done!

  2. Tedward: thanks for noticing the belt loops. I never used them before in a sculpture. The only other one I made with a belt was my Leprechaun which doesn’t have them. I based the design on this gnome but changed the pants to blue as I didn’t have enough brown bricks handy.

  3. Hehe my boys will like this idea. I need some gnomes and they are the lego kids. Of course I’ll have to buy some new ones for the gnomes and some more for their collection for making me some gnomes.

    I love doing stuff like this with my kids, thanks for the great idea!

  4. I would like to see those photos more..i think this would also work as the thing to kick off the birds frm the garden..looks like santa cloves..

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