Thursday Salute to Originals: Wild Wooden Giants

“Let the wild rumpus start!” — Max, Where the Wild Things Are

If you go hiking in the wooded parts of Copenhagen, you may encounter one of Thomas Dambo’s giants — huge, strange human figures made of wooden planks.

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Each wild giant is made entirely of recycled wood, sourced from old fences and pallets. Each sculpture takes almost 600 individual pieces to construct with similar textures grouped together to create smooth skin, wispy hair or even a fur-look jacket.

While Dambo created the vision for these creatures, they were constructed with help from volunteers in Copenhagen neighborhood. The installment includes six figures and is truly a community creation.

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Rødovre, Hvidovre, Vallensbæk, Ishøj, Albertslund and Høje Taastrup are characters in the first chapter of an ongoing project, “the great story of the little people and the giant trolls,” referring to the dozens of similar giants, monsters and trolls the artist has sculpted and continues to create.

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This Thursday, we’re saluting Thomas Dambo and The Six Forgotten Giants. This public installment in western Copenhagen adds fun, adventure and imagination to little patches of the wild within the municipality.

Sources: Thomas Dambo, Can You Actually