An Open-Air Sculpture Treasure Hunt in Copenhagen


Forests have always enchanted writers and storytellers. Think of Enid Blyton’s The Faraway Tree series or Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo. Chances are that if the story takes you to the woods, you’re very likely to encounter some mysterious creatures. You could actually meet some friendly giants if you were to visit Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark.

Danish artist Thomas Dambo is inspiring people to explore the unknown depths of Copenhagen’s forests by hiding six giant sculptures in six different locations.

The sculptures sit tucked away underneath bridges, behind trees, up on hillsides, and hidden within the forest bushes. Interestingly, these are made using local scrap wood and recycled materials and most are named after volunteers who helped build these sculptures.

Meet friendly giant # 1 – Sleeping Louis. He is taking a nap on a hill, covered in trees and nature. People can crawl into his gaping mouth, and play or even sleep inside of him.

Next, you can meet # 2 – Hill Top Trine who is resting on top of a little hill. You can crawl into the palms of her hands and get a beautiful view of the scenery around.

Then meet # 3 – Oscar Under The Bridge. And rightly so, he sits under a bridge supporting it with his hand.

# 4 – Little Tilde stands amidst tall trees. Dambo made 28 birdhouses inside this sculpture for birds and small animals to seek shelter during winter.

# 5 – Thomas On The Mountain is resting on top of a hill.

And finally meet # 6 – Teddy Friendly. He is standing beside a lake, holding out his hand to help people cross.


Written by: Chandni Shah. Chandni is a picture book collector, an educator and founder of Simplifly, a learning venture for children.

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