thomas dambo hides six 'forgotten giants' across the danish woodland

thomas dambo hides six 'forgotten giants' across the danish woodland

in often overlooked wooded areas on the outskirts of copenhagen, danish artist thomas dambo has installed six, oversized ‘forgotten giants’. forming an artistic, open air treasure hunt for the public to experience and enjoy, dambo’s huge wooden creatures are ‘hidden’ in rødovre, hvidovre, vallensbæk, ishøj, albertslund and høje taastrup. all six sculptures have been carefully crafted from recycled scrap wood, and have been built alongside the help of local volunteers.

‘little tilde’ in installed in vallensbæk



‘little tilde’, ‘teddy friendly’, ‘thomas on the mountain’, ‘oscar under the bridge’, ‘hill top trine’, and ‘sleeping louis’ are hidden in ‘secret’ locations across the danish woodland. each of the six giants have been built by hand by dambo and a team of volunteers, who sourced scrap wood from local fallen trees and broken down buildings. completely unique, the enormous figures can each be engaged and interacted with, like ‘little tilde’ who hides 28 birdhouses inside its belly, and ‘sleeping louis’, whose gaping mouth can be entered and played within.

the sculpture is made solely from local scrap wood scavenged by dambo and his team

‘teddy friendly’ is hidden in høje taastrup

local trees have been used to create the figure’s ‘fur’

‘thomas on the mountain’ can be found in copenhagen

sitting on the top of a hill, ‘thomas’ overlooks the municipality of albertslund

the team had help from a group of young volunteers from a local school

‘oscar under the bridge’ is installed in ishøj

the sculpture is made from scrap wood from a torn down watermill and broken pallets from local industries

‘hill top trine’ can be spotted in copenhagen

visitors can crawl into the palms of her hands and overlook avedøresletten

‘sleeping louis’ takes a nap on a hill in a secret area in rødovre

people can crawl into his gaping mouth, play or even sleep inside of him

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