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Fremont Troll

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 in the United States.



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.[1] The Troll was sculpted by four local artists: Steve Badanes, Will Martin, Donna Walter, and Ross Whitehead. He is interactive visitors are encouraged to clamber on him or try to poke out his one good eye (a hubcap). The Troll is high, weighs , and is made of steel rebar, wire, and concrete.[2]

Aurora Avenue North was renamed "Troll Avenue" in its honor in 2005 and the troll was entered in the soapbox derby in 2007.[3][4]


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."


The artists have chosen to exercise their copyright to control commercial use of Troll images. All commercial use of the Troll's image must first have permission in writing from the Artists. [5] Postcards, beer, and other products approved by the artists are commercially available, and use is free to non-profit organizations.[6]

See also

  • Waiting for the Interurban


External links

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