|the cabin and the welcome sign
pictures are screenprints from the video in the documentation
La Garriga is a Spanish community with about 16,000 inhabitants in the region of Catalunya.
Located about 42 km north of Barcelona, the little town is surrounded by a beautiful hilly and wooded area, where it is pleasant to make walks. Various routes can be found on the internet and the art environment La Cabana del Nans, reviewed here, is also located along such a route. .
|a gnome still present
Life and works
The story begins with Enrico Giro, a resident of La Garrida, who owned the piece of forest where the Gnomes Hut now stands. He used the site as a place to relax, alone or with family members. To provide some shade, he stretched a cloth between some of the trees around..
One of his relatives was his son-in-law Esteve Torrents Grau, who in the 1950s would transform the place into an art environment.
Esteve was a construction worker by profession and he knew what bricklaying entailed, but above all he had a creative mind and was a dedicated person.
|a damaged sculpture
Esteve's first action involved the shade cloth. He envisioned that the shelter should become a real hut and starting with that, he first made a roof, as if it were a parasol, which led passing hikers to refer to the place in the forest as the mushroom.
Later, Esteve added walls to the roof and finished the rear part of the hut, for all parts using old and surplus materials.
He then turned his attention to decorating the site. One of the first projects was to create a series of gnomes, including a scene from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a choice that is understandable given the number of grandchildren in the family. This collection also led to a reference to gnomes in the name of the art environment.
Nowadays there are not many gnomes left to be seen, because their manageable size made them easy to steal.