The Giants of Copenhagen

Waste sculpture artist Thomas Dambo has a surprise waiting for people who live or are visiting Copenhagen. The Danish artist works with recycled materials and turns trash into beautiful and meaningful artwork. Over the last 3 years he’s made 25 big recycled sculptures around the world. Recently he made 6 hidden giants in his hometown of Copenhagen.

“The sculptures are found in some of my favorite places around the city, places where people don’t go to often, because it’s off the beaten track. The sculptures can only be found by using a treasure map, or a poem engraved into a stone near each sculpture. These give hints on how to find the different giants.”, explains Dambo.

Dambo is creating these enchanting troll-like beings out of recycled and reclaimed lumber, and he’s making some with a real function beyond the artistic. The project titled “Sleeping Louis” was built in an area where Dambo could tell that some homeless people occasionally camped. There, he built Louis napping on his side, mouth agape, allowing the giant to serve as a shelter for whomever may need it.
Dambo’s website includes information on each giant and a slightly whimsical map to find each one should you find yourself exploring the outskirts of Copenhagen.

“I hope my art will inspire people to see the big potential in recycling and taking better care of our planet.”