'Los Prados Gnacien' ('Gnacien Paddock') – Pedraza, Spain - Atlas Obscura

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'Los Prados Gnacien' ('Gnacien Paddock')

Pedraza, Spain

A site outside Pedraza, Spain where a plaque tells a tale of seven-legged creatures that were said to have once lived in the area—in the fictional world of Kcymaerxthaere. 


Outside the Spanish city of Pedraza, by a low stone wall off the side of the road, is a marker honoring the gnacien, one of the most beloved–and depicted–creatures in the parallel world of Kcymaerxthaere.  The marker strongly suggests that the low wall might even have been that of a gnacien paddock.

Kcymaerxthaere is an art project created by Eames Demetrios. A series of plaques and other markers around the world honor events that have taken place in a parallel universe that, according to Demetrios, “co-exists to some degree with ours.” Most of these installations are bronze or stone plaques inscribed with stories but some are larger, even entire buildings. As of 2021, there are more than 140 sites spread across six continents and 30 countries. 

Gnaciens were seven-legged deer-like creatures. Their prime numbered legs were incredibly delicious and and a single bite could sustain someone for a long time, but only if the person had the willpower to take only that one bite. To the gluttonous, it was no different than any other meal. But the really tricky part is that their non-prime numbered legs were poisonous unto death. Indeed, as you may remember from math class, 1 is NOT a prime number, a fact that was fatal to at least one scholar.


Know Before You Go

This plaque is located about 1 1/2 hours north of Madrid. It is on the north side of V-2511 about 2 miles east of the town of Pedraza, famous for its delicious lamb. Look for a small spring filling a rectangular pool about 3 meters long. It is not far from there.

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