Danish artist Thomas Dambo believes, like many of us, the holidays should be about family, love and fun, not about consumerism. So he created a charming wooden shelter right in the center of Copenhagen for kids and adults to make their own presents for free. The 'Remake Christmas' cabin was crafted entirely from pallets and other recycled materials the artist rescued from garbage containers along the capital's major shopping street. And the service it provides? Priceless.
The ‘Remake Christmas’ shelter recently popped-up at Nikolaj Square. It was made from 100 repurposed shipping pallets Thomas found on a nearby street and traded for a cola (good deal). The roof is comprised of old election posters and the whole structure comes from a temporary music stage he and his team helped to dismantle.
The cabin functions as a workshop where anyone can make their own Christmas presents from discarded or leftover materials donated by companies. The project turned out to be a total success, with more than 8,000 people visiting the workshop in the first week, making over 1,000 gifts for their friends and family.
Thomas told Treehugger, ‘I think people just ‘get’ the project. The shopping street is so busy and people are so stressed when they run around and try to get all their Christmas shopping done as fast as possible … I think nobody actually likes to go shopping for Christmas presents.”