A special thanks to Amy for hosting this week’s LAPC challenge. Her beautiful post highlights some of her favorite gardens in various spots around the world.
Last week, we took a little road trip with friends to Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Given Amy’s theme, our first stop was the Coastal Maine Botanic Gardens. It’s early in the season, but even up north the first blooms were already on display. Here you can see the tulips and daffodils.
But we were in for a surprise. As we walked along the garden path, we met an astounding creature …
This giant troll was created by the Danish artist Thomas Dambo, who lives and works in Copenhagen. His massive creatures are made from recycled wood and “live” in various locations around the world. They are designed to delight us and teach us about the forest and its marvelous biodiversity.
Here, you can see Dambo’s attention to detail in his work and the variety of wood he uses in each troll sculpture. But as it turned out, the best was yet to come….
A gardener, who was raking the soil nearby, told us that more trolls were hidden in the gardens and invited us to find them. So, we started on our quest. On our way, we passed unusual and beautiful flowers.
At last we found the next troll with a bushy beard and eyebrows fashioned out of twigs.
We continued walking past a fountain and more blooms….
And then, deep in the woods, we found another troll in a playful mood. He was peeking out at us from behind a tree….
And then, after walking some more, we found another troll, almost hidden in a copse of trees. He was smiling down at us, his arms extended for a hug.
Thomas Dambo calls himself a “recycled art activist.” In the 7 years since the inception of his giant trolls project, he has created dozens of creatures, which are living in parks, green spaces and woods in Florida, Chicago, South Korea, China, Denmark, and Puerto Rico and other locations around the world. His purpose is clear.
He tells us that his giant trolls are guardians of ten secret seeds, vital to preserving the forest’s biodiversity for future generations. He invites us to listen to them and learn their secrets– like saving seeds and planting trees and reducing waste. His trolls also teach us (“the little people”) that humans are interconnected and we rely on each other for our survival.
If you want to read more about Dambo and his fascinating work, click www.trollmap.com.
Now that we’ve emerged from the forest, I’ll end this post with my heartfelt thanks for your exuberant, creative, and delightful responses to our “Focusing on the Details” challenge. Your posts gave us wonderful glimpses of the intricacies in nature (lichen, flowers, insects, trees, animals), in architecture, in sculpture…Fabulous!
We hope you join us this week for Amy’s Gardens challenge. Next week, it’s Ann-Christine’s turn, so be sure to visit her site next Saturday at noon. Until then, have a wonderful creative week and please stay safe.