It’s true! A large giant and two younger giants have recently been reported being seen in Clermont, Kentucky woods. Reports are they are seemingly friendly.
Others report that the “mother giant” and her two children love playing with the visiting children. Apparently, only adults who still have the ability to have fun and let themselves go are allowed in on the fun.
Deep in the 16,000 plus acres of the Bernheim Arborteum and Research Forest, just outside of Clermont, giants are walking the earth. Well, maybe not walking, but, with a little imagination they are “alive” in the mind of a child.
Brought to life by Danish artist Thomas Dambo, Mama Loumari with her children, Little Nis and Little Elina, and her third baby Giant, (who is currently living in Mama’s belly), can be seen guarding the woods and delighting humans of all ages. Hear the story as told by Dambo in the video above.
BUT! There are a few rules the giants want folks to follow if they want to enjoy their forest:
- Seeing the Forest Giants in a Giant Forest sculptures is free. A $10 donation is suggested per car for non-members.
- We expect the Giants to live at Bernheim for at least three years.
- Stop by the Visitor Center for maps, walking and parking information and more.
- The Giants are within walking distance of each other; it’s an approximately 2-mile loop to see all three. Parking is available near each Giant as well. The Visitor Center will have specific information.
- You can take photos and touch the giants, but please treat them with respect.
- We ask that you do not climb on Mama Loumari at all (we wouldn’t want to harm baby Giant in her belly). Little Elina and Little Nis welcome visitors on their feet and hands, but no higher.
- We encourage you to visit in off-peak times – before 11 a.m. or after 3 p.m. to have more one on one time with our special visitors.
- Want to learn more about our Giant Family? Click here to read their fairy tale.
Thomas Dambo is an artist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Together with his crew, Thomas makes beautiful and fun projects out of “trash” / recycled materials, which they find around the city dumpsters. By doing this he hopes to inspire people to have fun and think of trash as a resource. See all of his projects from giants to trolls across the world here.
About the Bernheim
Are you looking to connect with nature? Bernheim is the place to do it. With 16,137 acres of land, there is an adventure waiting for everyone. Purchased by German immigrant Isaac W. Bernheim in 1929, the land was dedicated as a gift to the people of his new homeland. Today, over 270,000 visitors from the U.S. and abroad visit Bernheim each year.
Bernheim is just off of I-65 north of Elizabethtown and South of Louisville. Not far from the Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont, Kentucky.