Bernheim Giants complete, ready for discovery

By Amy Joseph Landon

Source: The Kentucky Standard
By Kacie Goode
March 16, 2019

Artist Thomas Dambo and his crew have spent the last few weeks at Bernheim Forest constructing three giants from repurposed wood materials. The art installation is part of an international fairytale featuring Dambo’s work. On Friday, the crew made finishing touches to the giants and leave this weekend for their next job site in Belgium. The giants will “live” at Bernheim for at least three years and await discovery by visitors. Below is the fairytale Dambo has written to tell the story of the three Bernheim Giants.

It was a cold winter, but the snow felt warm

He woke up with eyes closed and heard himself yawn

His name was Isak Heartstone, on mountain top of them all

A name they gave him as small, now he was 36 feet tall

Still a young giant, only 700,051 years

Already a father to two, full of eyes, full of tears

Full of love he was, but felt alone on the mountain

He walked down to the forest, in the forest he found them

His two beautiful children, little Elina and Nis

And their mama Loumari, a hug and a kiss

They spend the winter together while the weather got better

Elina looked at the sky, from the sky fell a feather

It was a sign of good luck, and a fertile forest

Where every being had a place from the smallest to tallest

They made a circle of life, they would soon have a brother

It’s good luck for a baby, when it sleeps in the mother

Some of wood, some of stone, some of sun, some of seeds

Some of quarts, some of leaves and what fell from the trees

A dragon skull he found 200,000 years ago

It was a symbol of strength, so the baby would grow

But now the ice was melted and Isak looked to the mountain

He knew he had to go back and put his big arms around them

A hug and a kiss, Nis, Elina, Loumari

I will be back again soon, he yelled, walking the prairie

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