Beginning in August 2023, a new six-site art exhibition entitled Northwest Trolls: Way of the Bird King will be unveiled. The unique project features six giant hand-built Nordic troll characters, designed by acclaimed Danish environmental artist and storyteller Thomas Dambo, to be installed at ﬁve locations in the Puget Sound region and one in Portland, Oregon. Scan Design Foundation is managing the collaborative effort with funding, media, and site partners from across the region.
“We are excited to showcase the creative ingenuity of Dambo’s work to Northwest audiences in this ambitious exhibition,” said Fidelma McGinn, president of Scan Design Foundation. “His message of turning trash into treasure and building community through art will resonate with all who experience his mystical troll sculptures.”
National Nordic Museum visitors will remember Dambo's Nordic Swan which graced the front entrance of the Museum from July 2022 through April 2023.
Dambo’s high level of creativity drives the creation of highly interactive experiences, turning recycled materials to immersive, interactive, and awe-inspiring art. Today, he is known internationally for his larger-than-life troll sculptures. With 100 sculptures all over the world, these trolls have begun to have a life of their own, inspiring “troll hunters” to seek them out and fulﬁll Dambo’s vision of creating art that inspires people to get outside to explore, have adventures, and protect our natural spaces. The Way of the Bird King will be the ﬁrst Dambo trolls to be placed in the Paciﬁc Northwest, linking this region to the worldwide phenomenon.