The hunt begins! Danish artist Thomas Dambo’s six massive wooden trolls at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, are on display and ready to be hunted by visitors searching for the colossal creations throughout the property’s sprawling forests.

Made of reclaimed wood by artist-in-residence Dambo, the trolls are 15- to 20-feet tall (with the exception of one that is 50-feet long!). They were inspired by the trolls of Scandinavian folklore and by Dambo’s love of the wilderness and care for the earth’s resources. In fact, all of his art is made from recycled materials he and his team find in Copenhagen’s dumpsters.

Residents of The Danish Home visited the Arboretum on July 19 to see the mysterious creatures for themselves. That was key, because they truly must be seen to be believed. They also hope that Dambo himself can come to The Danish Home to talk to them about his incredible project. Dambo is just one more example of Danish ingenuity in action.

All of the giant trolls were constructed at the Arboretum for spectators to see, using reclaimed wood provided by Sterling Lumber or salvaged from various Arboretum construction projects. They have been at the Arboretum since May. The hunt, which began June 22, will be open to visitors through the summer of 2019.

The Arboretum says that “the trolls share the Arboretum’s desire to care for trees; however, they seem suspicious of humans. We need you to join the investigation and help trolls and humans come to understand each other. What will you discover when you join the hunt?”

Residents and staff at The Danish Home were excited to discover some things of their own on this most excellent adventure. “This was something interesting and entirely different,” said resident Danuta Eriksen of Dambo’s work. “These are absolutely one-of-a-kind creations.”