Danish artist Thomas Dambo creates larger than life sculptures hidden around his hometown of Copenhagen.
His sculptures require secret poems and clues in order to locate them. He says each has its own treasure map or poem engraved into stone to steer people onto unfamiliar paths where they’ll discover them.
Each is made of recycled wood consisting of roughly 600 pieces taken from pallets, fences, and even an old wooden shed. With the help of local volunteers, Dambo was able to complete his series of giant wooden sculptures.
Thomas On The Mountain
He tells BoredPanda:
My name is Thomas Dambo, I’m a Danish artist who works with recycled materials. Over the last 3 years I made 25 big recycled sculptures around the world. Recently I made 6 hidden giants in my 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.
I’ve made all the sculptures from recycled wood. Mainly from 600 old pallets, an old wooden shed, a fence and what ever else I was able to scavenge. Every sculpture was made with the help from local volunteers, and each of the sculptures was named after one of the volunteers.
I hope my art will inspire people to see the big potential in recycling and taking better care of our planet.
Oscar Under The Bridge
And Teddy Friendly
At each sculpture there is a poem that gives hints to find the next one. Which is cool because I was wondering how you were supposed to find them.
The sculptures are made from recycled wood so everything is environmentally sound. No need to cut down trees for this project!
Now we may not have something this inventive or beautiful everywhere in the world, but that just given you another reason (excuse) to travel and get out of your comfort zone. Go explore!