Santa Claus

Kabouter Buttplug (The Buttplug gnome)

Kabouter Buttplug (The Buttplug gnome)


Gnome or Santa Claus?

Rotterdam - Have a look and smile. The Santa Claus statue in Rotterdam is a controversial statue. Just have a look and use your imagination to see why this santa has a dirty nickname.

Paul McCarthy

The city of Rotterdam bought the sculpture from Paul McCarthy (the artist, not the ex-Beatles) in 2001. But when the work on the gnome statue was finished, they decided to get rid of it.

Eendrachtsplein Rotterdam

Eventually the gnome ended on the Eendrachtsplein in Rotterdam. The artist says that the Santa Claus statue is a stylised Christmas tree; the statue is an indictment against consumption and the sex-oriented society.


In 2014 McCarthy created a similar artwork. A 24 meter tall inflatable tree looked similar to an enormous toy that only certain adults can appreciate.

What do visitors say about Santa Claus?

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    Adress and visitor information

    Santa Claus

    Address: Eendrachtsplein 4
    Postal code and City: 3012 LA  Rotterdam
    Province/Region: Zuid-Holland

    Visit: An average visits takes approx. 0,1 hours.

    Let op: The locations on the map are indicational. It is not always the entrance, parking lot or best route. The map shows up to 8 locations in the area. Want to see all locations? Check our Hotspot map or use the Search option on this website.



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