Artist Thomas Dambo brings his Happy Wall to Beijing Design Week
Together with his crew Thomas makes beautiful and fun projects out of “trash” / recycled materials, which they find around the Copenhagen’s dumpsters. By doing this he hopes to inspire people to have fun and think of trash as a resource.
Thomas Dambo makes anything from minor design projects like furniture and interior design to small and huge art projects, often involving his surroundings and the people around him. Most famous are perhaps his giant wooden trolls.
Happy Wall began as a school project for Thomas back when he was studying at the Danish Design School in Kolding, when he made an indoor pixel installation.
In 2014, Thomas was offered to make an installation on a huge wall at a construction site in Kgs. Nytorv in Copenhagen. For this Thomas came up with a simpler, but way larger version, allowing anyone to easily express themselves on a huge scale in a popular public spot in Denmark.
He named the wall Happywall and it soon became a very popular installation. The wall was in Copenhagen for a year and hundreds of thousands of people interacted with it, many of whom took pictures and posted them online. E.g more than 13000 pictures were uploaded to Instagram with #Happywall.
Thomas Dambo’s visit to Beijing has been made possible by Wonderful Copenhagen, which is the official tourism organization for The Capital Region of Denmark,