Fremont Troll, Seattle

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    The Fremont Troll (also known as The Troll, or the Troll Under the Bridge) is a piece of public art in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.

    Artists: Steve Badanes, Will Martin, Donna Walter, Ross Whitehead
    Year: 1990
    Type: Sculpture
    Dimensions: 5.5 m (18 ft)
    Location: Seattle
    Owner: City of Seattle

    The Troll is a mixed media colossal statue, located on N. 36th Street at Troll Avenue N., under the north end of the Aurora Bridge. It is clutching an actual Volkswagen Beetle, as if it had just swiped it from the roadway above. The vehicle has a California license plate.

    He is interactive—visitors are encouraged to clamber on him or try to poke out his one good eye (a hubcap). The Troll is 5.5 m (18 ft) high, weighs 6,000 kg (13,000 lb), and is made of steel rebar, wire, and concrete.
    Aurora Avenue North was renamed "Troll Avenue" in its honor in 2005 and the troll was entered in the soapbox derby in 2007.

    The piece was the winner of a competition sponsored by the Fremont Arts Council in 1990, in part with the goal of rehabilitating the area under the bridge which was becoming a dumping ground and haven for drug dealers. It was built later that same year. The idea of a troll living under a bridge is derived from the Scandinavian folk tale "Three Billy Goats Gruff."

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    April 2, 2011, Freemont, Seattle, under the Aurora bridge here.

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    1. Neil Kremer [deleted] 65 months ago | reply

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    2. Z A Y A N 65 months ago | reply

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    3. Yves. 65 months ago | reply

      Wow, this looks creepy.. amazing pic.

    4. horsemanship 65 months ago | reply

      Great work! Congrats on Explore

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    6. An Gobán Saor 65 months ago | reply

      Love it! What an image!
      Seen in EXPLORE

    7. soul.glo 65 months ago | reply

      This thing is so cool. Nice capture.

    8. >Shannon< 65 months ago | reply

      very cool find! He looks a lil creepy

    9. crestina.martins 65 months ago | reply

      Whoa nice!!!! Seen on explore.

    10. tweeksnaper 65 months ago | reply

      Brilliant - thanks for sharing , congrats

    11. Dávila ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ [deleted] 65 months ago | reply

      Art is a very interesting, different, ugly, but very cool

    12. Luz Letamendi 65 months ago | reply

      Great image. Well Done!

    13. EricReed 65 months ago | reply

      Makes me homesick!

    14. R.i.P. 65 months ago | reply

      This is really cool.

    15. Charismagick77 65 months ago | reply

      Wow, he is nuts!

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