Dambo’s Trolls Finding New Permanent Home in Nearby Huntsville

Do you remember Thomas Dambo‘s troll exhibit that came to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens in 2023? We can’t stop thinking about it… and in fact, we’ve been searching them down across the country.

Dambo’s Trolls Finding New Permanent Home in Nearby Huntsville
My boys in front of 15ft tall Isak Heartstone in Breckenridge, CO

Luckily, you won’t have to travel as far as Colorado like we did (above) to see a new one! Huntsville Botanical Garden in Huntsville, AL will be the newest home to a yet-to-be-named permanent Dambo Troll.

The tentative name is the Mother Earth Troll Garden, and this garden centerpiece will be a 20-foot-tall troll, seated in a lotus pose.

This living, breathing piece of art will sit inside a maze made of plant materials. This maze will eventually be the troll’s hair (made of plant materials) cascading down. The preservation of existing trees and the thoughtful addition of new plant species enhance the garden’s canopy, creating a tapestry of green that supports local biodiversity and offers visitors shade and beauty.

Dambo’s Trolls Finding New Permanent Home in Nearby Huntsville
Mama Mimi by Thomas Dambo in Jackson Hole, WY

The garden’s design also features innovative artistic elements integrated into the maze structure, intended to evolve into living features as plants grow through it over the years.

A throne, crawl-through tunnels, a hidden hut, a swing and more invite visitors of all ages to engage in nature play, interacting with each other and the natural elements of the maze in ways as varied as the people who visit.

Dambo’s Trolls Finding New Permanent Home in Nearby Huntsville
Thomas Dambo

Construction on the maze began in February 2024 when Dambo’s team from Denmark joined HBG staff and volunteers to transform the space.

Phased plantings will continue in that area through spring 2025, ensuring seasonal interest throughout the year. The troll will be installed in early spring 2025, and the area will open to the public shortly thereafter.

What to do until then?

There are several other permanent exhibits in the Southeast… including Nashville, Miami, Eastern TN and northern Florida

  • Cheekwood Estate & Gardens in Nashville Tennessee is hosting a temporary exhibit May 2, 2024 – Sep 1, 2024 called Save the Humans.

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Dambo’s Trolls Finding New Permanent Home in Nearby Huntsville