A real statue in Holland. Although it is a statue of Father Christmas, locals will call it butt plug gnome.
god bless butt plug gnome
Oh, yes, Kabouter Buttplug.The purchase of this thing by the city council made for quite a soap. He was relocated 5 times, 4 of which were because of protest by local residents and shopkeepers. On his current location, the shopkeepers actually lobbied to get him there, hoping he’d attract new clients.
It might have worked. I used to work within walking distance of this statue, and colleagues used it as a reference point: “So, where did you for for dinner?” “Oh, the tapas place near But-Plug Gnome.”
By the way, about two minutes walking further on in the same street, you can find this darling (and yes, that is a part of the statue):
Stuck in between them is late 19th-early 20th century singer/songwriter/vaudeville artist J.H. Speenhoff, who’s popularity obviously has declined in recent years:
I wonder if it was the ‘foul words’, the changing language or the retrospect political incorrectness that did him in.