Museum is home for the gnomes

June 04, 1995|By Sandra McKee

For those who are interested in seeing sculptor Tom Clark's original work, the Tom Clark Museum is located on Main Street in Davidson, N.C.

More than 740 of Mr. Clark's works are on display. Included are more than 500 gnomes, a series of famous Americans, several NASCAR Winston Cup drivers and a series titled "The True Builders of America," which reflects Mr. Clark's Elizabethtown roots, with statues of a schoolteacher, community doctor, newspaper boy, blacksmith and his own father, who owned a general store.

"People were coming out to where I was working, and I had so many I couldn't concentrate," Mr. Clark says, explaining why the museum is in downtown Davidson. "So I took all the statues down there so visitors could see the progression through the years.

"People have come from every state in the Union. It's almost like a pilgrimage. They want to see where the gnomes were born."

Several more gnomes are in the works, including a golfer named Stymie, who is actively engaged in getting a golf ball from behind a post with his toe, and a dentist called DDF, who is brushing a pair of false teeth he found in the woods.

The museum also has a room set up for watching videos of the operation at Cairn Studio, showing the entire creative process.

Admission is free. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call, (704) 892-9213.

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