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I Hide Giants That I Make From Wood In The Wilderness Of The Belgian Forest
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Art, Recycling2 years ago

I Hide Giants That I Make From Wood In The Wilderness Of The Belgian Forest

My name is Thomas Dambo. I build giant wooden trolls around the world and hide them in wilderness and forests. By doing this, I hope to lure people away from concrete cities and computer screens, into the wild and reconnect them with the natural world. I build all my mythical creatures of repurposed wood to show the potential in this precious material, which is often discarded and becomes a threat to the natural world.

More info: thomasdambo.com

Since I was a child, I always loved to hear about different fairytale characters and folklore stories, and dream myself away into magical worlds filled with dragons and real giants. As a teenager, I started writing my own stories as a rapper, putting out records, touring and creating a universe, where I could tell these stories. In my latest project, I combined all of the above. Recycling, Rapping, Nature, and Sculptures.

The wood art project is called “The 7 Trolls and The Magical Tower.” It’s a fairytale, told through sculptures and words, hidden in a forest, all made of recycled materials. I know it sounds a bit confusing, but watch the video and it will all make sense.

Here are a couple of facts about my unique art:

  • The height of the 7 trolls ranges from 7 to 18 meters (23 to 59 feet). The tower is 17 meters (56 feet).
  • It took me and my crew of 15 people around 25 weeks to build.
  • The wood is mainly old shelves from a supermarket, pallets, and branches from fallen trees.
  • It is located in a Belgian forest.

Check out the video below to learn more about my project

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Cassie
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2 years ago

Sometime in the future, somebody is going to "discover" these and historians will argue for years about their purpose.

Run Gunn
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

These look like wooden figures not stone. So I would think, they will have to be cared for and maintained well into the future. Or they'll start to deteriorate with time.

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Martine Nicolay
Community Member
2 years ago

I am one of those lucky people who live in Boom, Belgium, visited all 7 trolls and I loooove em. Especially Hannes, he is my favourite.

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
2 years ago

What an appropriate name for the town to host these trolls. Boom. (Residents are known as "Boomenaars" and they are only some 16.000 of them, give and take a few giant trolls) It must be great being a child living there!

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Kasey Earls
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow, I am blown away. This is amazing. I would be absolutely delighted to come across this in a forest. Bravo!

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Cassie
Community Member
2 years ago

Sometime in the future, somebody is going to "discover" these and historians will argue for years about their purpose.

Run Gunn
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

These look like wooden figures not stone. So I would think, they will have to be cared for and maintained well into the future. Or they'll start to deteriorate with time.

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Martine Nicolay
Community Member
2 years ago

I am one of those lucky people who live in Boom, Belgium, visited all 7 trolls and I loooove em. Especially Hannes, he is my favourite.

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
2 years ago

What an appropriate name for the town to host these trolls. Boom. (Residents are known as "Boomenaars" and they are only some 16.000 of them, give and take a few giant trolls) It must be great being a child living there!

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Kasey Earls
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow, I am blown away. This is amazing. I would be absolutely delighted to come across this in a forest. Bravo!

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