01-29-2013, 06:16 PM #1
CA - Utility pole gnomes will stay, power company says, delighting Oakland residents
Gnomes to stay on Oakland utility poles for now, PG&E says (AP)
Oakland, CA - Small paintings of gnomes that have popped up on utility poles have become a community sensation in Oakland, prompting Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to say it will keep them in place for now.
The hand-painted portraits on 6-inch blocks of wood began going up last year in an apparent effort to brighten up the blue-collar California city. There are currently more than 2,000 of the images on utility poles.
The gnomes have red hats, white beards and brown shoes. Some of the images contain a mushroom.
Word that PG&E planned to remove the paintings sparked an outpouring of support from residents who said the gnomes add character to the city.
PG&E spokesman Jason King [said] the utility hopes to eventually relocate the gnome paintings from the poles to other spots in the same neighborhoods.
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