Nature meets art at Egholm

In a small forrest on Egholm a big wooden forrest troll resides. Its name is Pil Tusindtunge. Photo: Simone Stampe Dreessen

22/3-2021 – Simone Stampe Dreessen

The forrest troll of Egholm, Pil Tusindtunge, which roughly translated means Willow Thousand Tounges, is named so because it can speak both with humans and with nature, according to the story.

The wooden forrest troll is an installation by the Danish artist Thomas Dambo, who has made a whole series of trolls out of recycled materials, primarily wood. The use of materials is an attempt to inspire people to change their mindset about trash to see it more as a resource.

The Egholm troll Pil Tusindtunge is the 64th piece in Thomas Dambo’s series of recycled wooden trolls. Most of them are located abroad. Photo: Simone Stampe Dreessen.

The troll is holding a wooden “bucket” filled with primarily white stones, on which people who’ve visited the location have written either just their name or made a wish to the troll.

The story is then that by day, Pil roams the forrest collecting the little rocks with people’s wishes and by night the troll talks to the animals of the forrest about granting people their wishes.

“Johan” has made a wish to Pil Tusindtunge: A real smoke diver mask made out of cardboard.

Thomas Dambo, a 41-year-old Copenhagen-based artist had plans in 2020 to travel to eight different contries to install a total of 25 of his wooden art installations, but due to Covid-19 the plan has had to be postponed. Instead Pil Tusindtunge moved into the forrest of Egholm.

Thomas Dambo’s recycled trolls reside in far reaching corners of the world, from the US and Mexico to South Korea and Australia, and of course a number in Denmark, among others in the Zealandic areas of Høje Taastrup, Albertslund, Ishøj, Rødovre and Hvidovre.