500 Karl Marxes Invade Germany

May 6, 2013 | Marina Galperina

Happy 195th Birthday, Karl Marx! The artist Ottmar Hörl made you a present — 500 of them. These three-foot-tall Karls-gnome-hybrids in clusters all over Trier in west Germany, where Marx was born.

People seem to be amused. It’s definitely going over better than when Hörl had planted an army of gnomes mid-Nazi salute in Nuremberg. See, anything Nazi is illegal in Germany. A full police investigation was launched to find out just how Nazi those Nazi gnomes were.

“I want to inspire pedestrians to think about Karl Marx in a different way,” the artist explained.

Each plastic socialist is its own unique shade of red.

(Lead image: Google)