EFEBy Andrea Cuesta Rome

Perched on a hill in the Italian forest of Alpe Cimbra, a huge winged dragon sculpted from trees that were damaged by a powerful storm guards the forests of northern Italy.

The mythical creature by artist Marco Martalar, created in the Lavarone forest in the northern province of Trento, has become a tourist magnet after going viral.

The dragon "cannot be dominated by humans," Martalar tells EFE.

Three years ago, the strong sirocco winds of storm Vaia destroyed 42 million trees, causing one of the greatest natural catastrophes the northeast of Italy had ever witnessed.