gnome and toadstool
photo CC-A from Our Oakland

The Oakland Gnomes are anonymously-painted gnomes on pieces of wood tacked to the bottom of utility poles throughout the City. There are over 2,300 gnomes painted on utility poles throughout Oakland. In early 2013, the gnomes received a significant amount of press after being featured in the San Francisco Chronicle. A few days after the SF Chronicle article appeared, The Associated Press (AP) picked up the story and identified the artist.

Although there was some question as to whether the gnomes would be allowed to remain on the utility poles, on 1/28/13, after intervention from City Council, PG&E agreed to let the gnomes remain on the utility poles.

Adams Point Gnome, 2013Adams Point gnome courtesy of greenkozi  Adams Point gnome courtesy of greenkozi kilt-wearing gnome
photo CC-A from Our Oakland
photo by greenkozisecret indoor location gnome by gk

fire station #19 gnome and fire dog
photo CC SA-BY Our Oakland
CC SA-BY Our Oakland

rare and weathered Chinatown gnome. photo by greenkozi

this gardening skunk was spotted at Sausal Creek 4/14 Same artist or interloper? photo courtesy of TastyLatkes

Gnome and toadstool outside Fourth Street Lofts.

Links and References

  1. PG&E: Gnomes can stay on Oakland utility poles KSBW News

  2. PG&E grants reprieve to Oakland's gnomes SFGate

  3. Painted gnomes bring smiles in Oakland SFGate

  4. California: A Win for the Little People The New York Times/AP4