Artist Makes Giant Wooden Trolls And Then Hides Them Throughout The Belgian Forest


One of the main points of art is that it makes even the most trivial things look essential. Additionally, art finds meaning where the ordinary eye can see nothing.

An artist Thomas Dambo from Copenhagen, Denmark, got the idea to emphasize the potential of the waste materials, struggling to persuade people to reconnect with nature by going into the wild.

His idea was done with the help of his numerous artistic masterpieces. He decided to hide the giant wooden trolls he had created throughout forests and wilderness areas, mostly in Belgium, but, also, all around the world.

The main materials for making massive trolls are recycled once, which, actually threaten our natural world. He uses wooden materials from supermarkets, such as, pallets, and fallen trees, which can be also found in the city dumpsters.

The dimensions of the trolls are from 7 to 18 meters (23 to 59 feet). His main project is “The 7 Trolls and The Magical Tower,” in which the tower is impressive 17 meters (56 feet) tall.

The sculptures are based on folklore and fairytales, they are beautiful and mystifying and the people who have seen them are really shocked.

Working with a crew of fifteen people, Dambo constructed the seven trolls for 25 weeks. The team decided to put the art masterpieces through the Belgian forest.

Since he was a child, he loved to hear different folklore stories and fairytales. His daydream was to live into magical worlds filled with trolls and dragons.

Here is the beginning of his recycle story of the trolls of the Belgian forest:

1)         “They were seven good friends both together and alone

By the river in the valley in the forest, they had home

They had seen the sunset and sunrise a million times

The seven trolls stood as tall as the pines…”

The second story: “Una and Joures were friends for life and like to lay in the grass

Watching the skies crawl by telling stories about the past…”

All stories are engraved in stones near the sculptures. (See the picture)

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The project has its second part, and the recycled trolls were installed in South Korea. This project is titled “Mountain Trolls” and features 5 trolls.

However, besides the massive trolls and towers hidden in forests, he does much more, he is commissioned to make all types of beautiful things, from furniture to big and small interior designs. He is involved in various projects around the world, too.

Dambo was a part of “The Future Forest,” located in Mexico City, with a team of 700 students, 100 volunteers, Pepe adores and their children, an elderly home and an orphanage. This project resulted in a transformation of 3 tons of plastic waste into a colorful 500m2 forest, full of animals, plants, trees, and flowers.

His contribution to Copenhagen’s forests is the project of six hidden giant sculptures throughout six different municipalities in the area, which successfully urge people to explore their depths.

The “open-air sculpture treasure hunt,” as he calls it, can be only found by using a treasure map that Dambo shared on his website. It takes wanderers through Rødovre, Vallensbæk, Hvidovre, Albertslund, Ishø, and Høje-Taastrup, and the sculptures sit tucked away underneath bridges, up on hillsides, behind trees, and hidden within the brush of the forests.

The names of the hidden giants were given by a volunteer who helped Dambo construct them, but they, also interact with the environment. According to Dambo, people who will decide to go on the treasure hunt will not only satisfy by seeing the sculptures but also discover hidden gems in nature.


Dambo is also known by writing raps, releasing records and touring, since he was a teenager, so one of his latest projects is based on a combination of all these talents — “Recycling, Rapping, Nature, and Sculptures.”



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