Towards the end of the Nats’ regular season, KGD Architecture’s Samuel Robinson — a diehard D.C. sports fan and one of the leaders of a Canstruction team — helped his group decide that a Werth gnome should be their model. Days later, the Nats began hiding Werth gnomes around the city, leading up to the playoff gnomestravaganza.
“We figured it was a good sign,” Robinson noted.
He settled on seafood as his medium by going to Trader Joe’s and choosing the smallest cans he found, in order to put the most detail in the gnome’s face. Seafood cans are small. As the group pointed out in its project description, seafood cans — like Werth — are gluten-free.
Robinson said he spent about a week digitally modeling the sculpture, which has been named “Gnome-ore Hunger.” About 10 staffers spent six hours building the thing on Friday, using 2,263 cans of seafood. They raised $7,000 for the project, so the unused funds go to the Arlington Food Assistance Center, the local beneficiary.
The group remains hopeful that Werth will visit the sculpture in-person before it’s taken down, noting that this is “a unique opportunity for him to see a 9-foot tall, canned-seafood gnome-age to himself, and to help us bring attention to a good cause.”
“Also, as a lifelong D.C. sports fan, I’m pretty sure me making this gnome is what led to us having such a rough series and the early playoff exit,” Robinson wrote. “So, my bad. Next year I’ll do one of Madison Bumgarner and maybe we’ll have a chance.”
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