In an attempt to impress his future girlfriend, Danish artist Thomas Dambo built a 5-meter-tall pink pony out of scrap wood. He slept inside the super-size My Little Pony every night and, after a long campaign, she joined him.
When the couple moved in together, Dambo made the pony into a statue on their street, but almost immediately it was stolen. He never gave up hope that it would be recovered.
Metro: You must have been devastated?
Dambo: I thought it looked so official that nobody would steal it. But it was gone before I could even show my girlfriend. The fact it was gone so quickly made me think someone hated it and destroyed it, or it was somewhere near.
So you were confident about finding it?
I was sure I could get it back. I put up posters saying ‘my pony is missing’ on the street and online. Two people wrote to me saying they had seen someone sawing its legs, and I thought that meant it was to take inside an apartment. I went to the nearby buildings and a woman told she had heard noise from sawing. There were only four apartments; I picked the one with a young man’s name.
Was the confrontation fierce?
I pressed the button and asked if he had the pony, and it was completely relaxed. I knew they stole it because they liked it, and as an artist that’s a compliment. I also knew if they stole it at 2 a.m. they would have been drunk, and I have done things like that. The guy was happy I was not mad and didn’t bring police or guys to beat him up.
How will you improve security for the pony now?
She doesn’t want to be close to the thief, and has turned into a princess because she is so famous now and wants to stand in a good location where she is appreciated.
So her future is unclear?
It would be fun to send her to another country – it’s most important to have a good story. A young boy from Norway sent me a picture of himself dressed as a pony and has a big collection of toy ponies. Whoever has the best story can have it.