Artist Creates Magic In Copenhagen Forests By Hiding Giant Wooden Sculptures


Thomas Dambo, an artist from Denmark, is making the best out of waste and is recycling trash into magnificent statues.

While most of us are busy littering around and pretty much exploiting the beauty of Earth, totally ignoring the fact that if we don’t change our ways soon, it’ll be the end of us all, the story of this Danish artist comes as a slight ray of light in our very dark future. Obviously, it’s going to take a collective effort to save our planet but at least it’s a start. Thomas Dambo, an artist from Denmark, who collects trash and unwanted items from around the city and turns them into beautiful, magnificent sculptures!

From small projects like making furniture out of waste to jaw-dropping giant statues, Thomas is inspiring people to recycle, that something amazing can be made out of things we discard and throw away. Using pallets, sheds, and old fences and other garbage, Thomas has made six huge wooden sculptures and has hidden them in the woods of Copenhagen, encouraging people to walk and explore the beauty of nature.

The hunt of 6 forgotten giants is like a treasure hunt only this time your treasure is nature. “All six sculptures are made from scrap wood with the help of local volunteers, and is the first chapter of Thomas Dambo’s ongoing story: “The great story of the little people and the giant trolls”. The project wants to bring art out of the museum, show the beautiful and often overlooked nature spots, and at the same time give an exciting and different experience,” reads the description of the hunt for giant trolls. Below are the 6 giants who are hiding in the forest, waiting for you.

1. Teddy Friendly

Made of scrap wood and trash, Teddy Friendly is one of the six giants residing in the Copenhagen woods. A recycled statue from Thomas, Teddy sits by a water stream, with his hand stretched out, helping others cross the water body. When Thomas was working on Teddy, he had help from four local people and a teacher named Teddy who assisted him in setting the sculpture up. Teddy put a lot of efforts, inspiring Thomas to name the statue after him.

2. Oscar Under the Bridge

Another giant hiding in the forest is Oscar, who’s called Oscar under the bridge because he sits under one. Made from scrap wood from a torn down watermill and broken pallets from local industries, Oscar is made in such a way that he appears as if he’s clinging from the bridge. An artist from Chile called Oscar helped Thomas make the sculpture, hence the name.

3. Sleeping Louis

This one is lazy and is sleeping on a hilltop, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. In a secret place called Rødovre, you can find Louis napping under a green blanket of nature and well, if you please, you can sleep inside him too, as there’s a crawl space in his mouth where kids usually hide and play. Thomas’s old assistant Louis came to Copenhagen for a visit and decided to help Thomas out. The sculpture is named after him.

4. Little Tilde

Located in the area of Vallensbæk Mose, Tilde is one of the most loved hidden giants of Copenhagen woods. Near a beautiful lake, peaking from behind the woods, Tilde is made from scrap wood scavenged by Thomas and his team. Keeping in mind that the area is full of small animals and birds, Thomas has created 28 small birdhouses inside Tilde so that birds can find a home to live.

5. Thomas on the Mountain

Another lazy giant, Thomas is the sculpture who is totally chilling and admiring the nature around him. Resting on a hilltop, you can spot Thomas from a distance as his legs are super long and kids usually sit and play on them. Thomas on the mountain was named behind Thomas Dambo’s intern, also named Thomas, who helped him create all of the six giant statues.

6. Hill Top Trine

This beautiful lady can be seen sitting on Hvidovre, a little hill in Copenhagen. She has branches for hair and sits with her hands on her knee, where you can climb up to witness a gorgeous view from above. One of the biggest hidden giants, she is also made up of pallets, scrap wood, and garbage. Fancy meeting these recycled magnificent giants? Have a stroll in the woods!