The giants of Nordic mythology have returned to Denmark to enchant the forests. Wood, one of the most versatile materials that nature has given us, is the star of “The 6 forgotten giants”, a laborious sculptural work hidden in the far-flung corners of Copenhagen.
Wood goes back to nature
Thomas, Trine, Louis, Oscar, Teddy and Tilde make up the work of the multifaceted Danish sculptor Thomas Dambo. This artist has created these giants (the biggest is 17 metres high) that are spread around the outermost reaches of Copenhagen, with the help of local volunteers who have given their names to the sculptures. Dambo’s idea was to give new life to recycled wood with the aim of making people aware of the importance of reusing this material.
After 8 months of work, which began by collecting boxes, pallets and all types of discarded wood, Dambo has recreated some fairy tale giants by sharing the Wood Lovers philosophy: commitment to the environment and respect for the raw material. The creator extols the virtues of real wood by working and shaping it little by little using different techniques, a process which takes a lot of perseverance and has given rise to this incredible work.
Hidden art in Copenhagen
“The 6 Forgotten Giants” do not get that name by chance. There are free to visit as long as you know where to find them. The outermost corners of the Danish capital, far away from the hustle and bustle of the usual tourist hotspots, are the setting for this unusual treasure hunt whose aim is to take art out of the museums and bring it to the street. The artist himself provides a treasure map on his web page with directions to find them. Furthermore, each one of them comes with a riddle on a plaque which allows you to guess where the next is, in this way creating an interactive game in the forests adjoining Copenhagen.
If the Danish capital is your summer destination, go get a map and discover the legends that have been brought back to life once again.