Date Announced for Thomas Dambo Troll Carving Trail in Mandurah

Thousands of people are expected to flock to Peel Region in less than two months in search of Danish artist Thomas Dambo’s famous wooden troll sculptures.

Tourism Minister Roger Cook announced on Wednesday that the Giants of Mandurah wooden carving trail will open on November 12.

Region of Peel will be home to at least five giant trolls in Dambo’s first sculpture project in Australia, but their locations will remain a secret until troll finders discover their locations using a trail map and a traveling companion.

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The Mandurah Giants were conceived by the Copenhagen-based recycler artist as a “game of self-discovery” to encourage appreciation for the area’s unique wetlands, waterways and wildlife.

The story of the sculptures will incorporate the local creation story for the region as shared by the traditional owners of Bindjareb and locals will be invited to work with Dambo to create the final works.

At work in his Copenhagen studio, Dambo recently shared a glimpse of one of Mandurah’s new giants via Instagram.

“The last head from my upcoming show in Australia is almost done, can’t wait to see it finished…what do you think I should call this one?” he wrote in the post.

Camera iconDanish sculptor Thomas Dambo reveals the head of one of his famous trolls set to travel to Mandurah. Credit: instagram
Danish sculptor Thomas Dambo reveals the design behind one of his famous trolls who will travel to Mandurah.
Camera iconSketches for one of the wooden trolls. Credit: instagram

Mr Cook said he was delighted that the natural environment of Mandurah and Peel Region would be the new home of Australia’s first outdoor exhibition and Dambo sculpture trail.

“There was a huge public reaction when we first announced the exhibition in June. We now look forward to the public launch on November 12,” Cook said.

Mandurah’s local economy is expected to receive a major boost from the exhibition, with the project expected to be on display for at least 12 months.

“When the exhibit opens, I encourage everyone to make the trip to Mandurah to experience Dambo’s larger-than-life wooden creatures for themselves, as well as the many other attractions on offer in the area,” said Mr Cook.

Roskva by Thomas Dambo, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Maine, USA.  Photo courtesy of Thomas Dambo
Camera iconRoskva by Thomas Dambo in the Coastal Botanical Gardens of Maine, Maine, USA. Credit: Thomas Dambo/west

Mandurah MP David Templeman said he was also looking forward to venturing alongside his family to find the giant wooden trolls.

“These carvings will see Mandurah and the Region of Peel come alive with mystery and intrigue this spring,” he said.

The highly anticipated exhibition is produced by non-profit arts organization WA FORM – Building a State of Creativity and is being produced in collaboration with the City of Mandurah and Tourism WA.

For more information visit the website being developed exclusively for the Giants of Mandurah at giantsofmandurah.com.au.

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