Philadelphia Zoo Welcomes Thomas Dambo’s Trolls: East Coast Debut of a Recycled Art Revolution

Ronja RedeyeSubmitted Image, Courtesy Atlanta Botanical Garden

PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Philadelphia Zoo is set to become the new home for a group of extraordinary guests this February. Renowned recycle artist, Thomas Dambo, is bringing his larger-than-life, folklore-inspired Trolls to the East Coast for the first time. The six Trolls, each standing up to 15 feet tall, are crafted from repurposed wood and carry a vital message – inspire humans to care more for nature.

From February 1 to April 15, these gentle giants will take up residence throughout the Zoo’s 42-acre campus. Each Troll has been given a unique name and a mission to inspire visitors to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle. From reducing trash and reusing materials to fostering wildlife habitats and recycling, the Trolls aim to demonstrate how simple changes can have a profound impact on our planet.

Meet the Trolls:

  • Ronja Redeye: The fearless leader, Ronja encourages guests to find creative ways to minimize waste.
  • Rosa Sunfinger: With her green thumb, Rosa shows how planting native plants can create habitats for pollinators.
  • Sofus Lotus: A nature enthusiast, Sofus inspires visitors to reconnect with nature and learn from its sounds and rhythms.
  • Ibbi Pip: The inventive Ibbi inspires by reusing old wood to build birdhouses, providing safe homes for avian families.
  • Kamma Can: The recycling expert, Kamma creates stunning jewelry from plastic that would otherwise pollify our natural spaces.
  • Basse Buller: The resilient Basse motivates guests to abandon habits harmful to nature.

Born in Odense, Denmark, artist Thomas Dambo has devoted his career to creating art that encourages exploration, adventure, and appreciation for recycled goods. His colossal sculptures, ranging from 16 to 50 feet in height, grace parks and other locations worldwide. Each piece tells a story, addressing global issues in a fun and approachable manner.

The Trolls’ stay at the Philadelphia Zoo is included in the regular admission price, which ranges from $19 to $25 for adults and children. Zoo members can enjoy the exhibit free of charge. Tickets are available at philadelphiazoo.org. Guests are invited to bring their old Zoo Keys or purchase one on-site to unlock stories told by the Trolls themselves.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet these eco-warrior Trolls and join them on their mission to save our planet. Remember, they’re only visiting until April 15, so plan your trip to the Philadelphia Zoo today!

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