Thomas Dambo, the artist who transforms waste wood into giant trolls

From 2014 to today, in various green areas of the world, from the United States to South Korea, giant trolls are making their appearance. Nothing supernatural. These are huge sculptures in recycled material, which are born from the skilled hands of Thomas DamboDanish artist, born in 1979. “My mission is to create great experiences out of trash – Thomas tells about himself – and inspire people to understand that trash is a beautiful resource. I want to be able to make my art without leaving a scar on the planet while having fun.”

Among his innumerable environmentally conscious projects, the triad made up of “The Forgotten Giants”, “The Mountain Trolls” and “Troll Hunt”. Three chapters of a large project in progress, entitled “The great story of the little people and the giant trolls” (The great story of the little people and the giant trolls), dedicated to the humanoid figures of Scandinavian mythology, inhabitants of the forests of northern Europe. The project wants take art out of the museumshow the beautiful and often overlooked natural places, and at the same time give an exciting and different experience.

the trolls, squat-looking creatures, sometimes disturbingdescribed in Norse mythology as sometimes evil sometimes benevolent beings, become for Thomas a means of intriguing – and it is really difficult not to be amazed by works by over 5 meters high – and educate visitors to the respect for the environment and a harmonious relationship with nature. Their creation, based on wood recovered from fallen trees but also on pallets or old furniture, has seen and sees the collaboration of many volunteers.

Forgotten Giants

The project consists of 6 large sculptures made on the outskirts of Copenhagen: Teddy Friendly, Oscar Under the bridge, Sleeping Louis, Little Tilde, Thomas on the mountain and Hill top trine. The sculptures were made from local scrap wood in a beautiful hidden location between the areas of Rødovre, Hvidovre, Vallensbæk, Ishøj, Albertslund and Høje Taastrup. In this way, spectators are invited on a real treasure hunt, which leads them not only to the discovery of the sculptures but also to the hidden gems of nature.

The Mountain Trolls

The Mountain Trolls” is the second chapter of the project and is made up of 5 giant trolls (Big Young, Happy Kim, Mamma Wok, Mr Lee and Old Wise Woo) made with local scraps in the Pyeonggang Botanical Garden, in South Korea. 5 not scary giants, immersed in the nature of the garden. There are those who seem to observe the walking visitor and those who do not seem to notice the presence of others, such as Old Wise Woointent on playing his flute for the animals of the forest.

Troll Hunt (Troll Hunt)

“Troll Hunt” the third chapter of the project, consists of 6 sculptures (Little Arturs, Sneaky Socks Alexa, Joe the Guardian, Furry ema, Rocky Bardur and Troll Habitat), made a Chicago. In “Troll Hunt”, the trolls got tired of the constant pollution and destruction of their beloved nature by humans and decided to take matters into their own hands and capture the little beings to teach them a lesson. An example? Little Arthursthe largest of the troll team, who with his jaws wide open is ready to welcome ill-intentioned humans as part of his menu.

More trolls and giants scattered around the world

Next to the three chapters of the project “The great story of the little people and the giant trolls” there are further minor projects made by Thomas, always with the intention of bringing trolls, with their symbolic meaning of strong bond and respect for nature, around the world. Like “The 7 Trolls and the magical tower” in Bloom, Belgium, which consists of 7 sculptures, “Bernheim Forests Giants”3 giants in a Kentucky arboretum, the 5 “Guardians of the seeds” in Maine or again “The troll that hatched an egg”, 3 trolls in Ohio. To discover all the works, the number of which is constantly growing, we advise you to visit his website

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