From Trash to TrollsBy Sarah Allen; Photos by Thomas Dambo
Did you ever imagine seeing a mythical creature in the woods? In some forests, you just might!
Thomas Dambo is an artist from Denmark, a country in Europe. He has created more than 100 giant outdoor troll sculptures in places all over the world, including the United States. These gigantic creatures can be up to 30 feet tall. That’s as high as three elephants standing on top of each other!
When Thomas was young, he loved exploring the outdoors. Now he uses his love of adventure to create beautiful art. Thomas is what is called a “recycle artist.” That means he makes his art from things other people throw away. For his troll sculptures, he uses scrap wood that is rescued from things such as old shipping crates. He also builds with twigs and other objects he finds in the forest. He gives new life to old trash!
Trolls come from the mythology of the people of Denmark and other European countries. Thomas’s trolls are fun, whimsical friends that draw people into the woods and help them connect with nature. With their big eyes, grinning mouths, and hair made of twigs, these trolls make you feel as if the forest were looking right back at you!