Thomas Dambo is an artist / designer who specializes in making art pieces, sculptures, furniture and anything you / I can imagine out of trash, also known as recycled materials. He also gives a lot of speeches about upcycling and arranges workshops for schools, companies etc. teaching people to build stuff from trash.
Thomas originates from Odense, Denmark. He has always loved building stuff and began at an early age to build treehouses, boxcars from old wood he found around his old neighborhood.
After High School Thomas began studying to become a carpenter, he though quickly became bored with the repetive work and looking for a more creative way he applied for Kolding school of designs and was accepted in 2005.
During his early years at the design school Thomas started to see great potential in all of the stuff that people threw out. He was especially intrigued by all the ply wood that was daily thrown away by constructing sites etc, and one day when he came across a giant container filled with this he got the idea for his first major street art project; “Happy City Birds”. Since then Thomas has build more than 3000 birdhouses and spread them in several cities all over the world.
After graduating Thomas got his own workshop in Copenhagen from where he started his business, while also pursuing his passion as a street artist. He is well known around the world for his large recycle sculptures and installations, his Happy City Birds project and the interactive pixel installation Happy Wall.
Thomas has made projects for a range of big and small organisations including Roskilde Festival, Visit Denmark, TEDx, Arla, Museo de arte de Puerto Rico, Shake Shack, Life is Beautiful, AON and Copenhagen Metro Company.
Thomas is always looking for work and new challenges as a professional builder and / or artist.