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This work is sited on the Oka no Niwa, the lush garden which surrounds this area, and uses the familiar motif of the garden gnome. The long red hat which the figure wears stretches far up into the sky like a flower and the normally small gnome is rendered on a huge scale. This contrast hides a humorous sentiment which unifies different characters such as the strange and the mystical or concrete shapes and abstract meanings. The work expresses the fragmented nature of the present age and will protect the garden while providing a strong identity.