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Thank you to everyone who came out to support this exhibit. The Trolls are now headed to Philly Zoo! 

If you felt the Earth shaking or heard rumbling near South Coast Botanic Garden, don’t worry – it was just the trolls arriving. Thomas Dambo TROLLS: Save the Humans is having its West Coast premiere at the Garden featuring the acclaimed artist’s signature folklore-inspired troll sculptures built from reclaimed materials.  These six larger-than-life trolls are meeting here in our 87 acres to try to help us humans out. You see, hundreds of trolls came together at “Trolliefolkyfest” to discuss their favorite topic – us humans. While they know we mean well, we keep failing them by making questionable choices, like cutting down forests, emptying rivers, and putting humans – and them – in danger.  While most of the trolls think we are past saving, these SIX think they can help us. 

A Look at the Trolls…

Sofus Lotus

Courtesy Atlanta Botanical Garden

Ibbi Pip

Courtesy Atlanta Botanical Garden

Basse Buller

Courtesy Atlanta Botanical Garden

About the Artist

Thomas Dambo is considered the world’s leading recycle artist, having been taught from a young age the value of recycling, sustainability and unlimited imagination. Before embarking on the path of building larger-than-life sculptures, Thomas led a multifaceted life that allowed him to express his creativity via music, street art and scenic design. After graduating from the Kolding Design School with a master’s degree in interactive design, Thomas began his current journey of using recycled materials to create colorful art installations, building the foundation for his artwork today.

Thomas’ high level of creativity, design acumen and versatility drive the creation of highly interactive experiences, allowing users to express their individuality on a large scale. This philosophy can be found in works such as his Happy Alphabet, and Happy Wall and Future Forest. From vibrant gardens made of recycled plastics to a functioning Christmas market made from commercial refuse, Thomas creates experiences that are immersive, interactive, and awe-inspiring.

Today, Thomas is known internationally for his larger-than-life Troll sculptures made from recycled wood. With 87 sculptures all over the world, these Trolls have begun to have a life of their own. Popping up in Denmark, the USA, France, Germany, China, South Korea, Chile, and many more on the way, the message of sustainability and unlimited imagination have reached millions through in-person visits, shared photos, and international media coverage. Thomas’ vision is to create art that inspires people to go explore, have adventures in nature, and demonstrates that trash can be turned into something beautiful.

Ticket Information

Please note: Thomas Dambo TROLLS: Save the Humans is free with General Garden Admission tickets. Trolls-themed classes are a separate fee.  To see pricing for those, please click here

Non-Member Garden Admission Tickets

Adults (Ages 18+) $15/person
Children (Ages 5-12) $5/person
Children (Ages 4 and under) FREE
Students and Seniors (62+) $11/person

Member Tickets


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